Schwarz und weiß wie Tage und Nächte (1978)

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A scientist who swore off playing chess after a nervous breakdown as a boy wunderkind, creates an undefeated chess program. But the Russian world champ beats Tommy Rosemund's masterwork in ... See full summary »


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31 January 2015 | Nobody-27
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| Only great directors' early films are this good!
What do all great directors have in common? Their talent shows even in their earliest work, for those who have eyes to see it: Kubrick's "Killing", Truffaut's "400 Blows", Besson's "Le Dernier Combat", and this wonderful discovery - "Black and White like Days and Nights" are all wonderful films made by up and coming directors who became bigger than even they could imagine.

"Black and White Like Days And Nights" is a film about an obsessed chess player Thomas Rosemund played phenomenally well by Bruno Ganz ("Wings of Desire / Himmel Uber Berlin", "Downfall"). Thomas' love of chess leads him to make many interesting and questionable decisions, which I can barely contain myself from spilling here... watch it and enjoy it.

The story is simple, yet powerful and hard hitting. Even though the film was made for TV, it touches the very essence of human weakness: stubborn pride mixed with brilliant intellect, and what happens when those are blindly followed to the deepest recesses of human mind. So simple, yet so captivating.

Hats off to Wolfgang for making a masterpiece out of such a simple premise as well as to two main actors for making their characters so believable. The only regret I have about this film is that it does not seem to be available anywhere as it has not been released on DVD or VHS.

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Release Date:

13 September 1978

Language

German


Country of Origin

West Germany

Filming Locations

Slovenia

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