12 certificateThe Luzhin Defence is a Film programme that first aired in 2000 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

The Luzhin Defence is a 3 star programme

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The Luzhin Defence (2000)

Directed by
Marleen Gorris

Period drama set in the 1920s, based on the novel by Vladimir Nabokov. An eccentric and unworldly chess grandmaster arrives at Lake Como to play the match of his life and instead finds the love of his life. A rebellious socialite finds herself drawn to the erratic genius, offering him a glimpse of life away from his obsessive pursuit of chess. But he is ill equipped to deal with the outside world.

Written by ,

Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2000

3/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Filmed in Colour


Image for John TurturroJohn Turturro...Aleksandr Ivanovich Luzhin
Image for Emily WatsonEmily Watson...Natalia Katkov
Image for Geraldine JamesGeraldine James...Vera
Image for Stuart WilsonStuart Wilson...Leo Valentinov
Christopher Thompson...Jean de Stassard
Fabio Sartor...Dottore Salvatore Turati
Peter Blythe...Ilya
Image for Orla BradyOrla Brady...Anna
Mark Tandy...Luzhin's Father
Kelly Hunter...Luzhin's Mother
Alexander Hunting...Young Luzhin
Alfredo Pea...1st Official
Fabio Pasquini...2nd Official
Luigi Petrucci...Santucci
Carlo Greco...Hotel Manager