Chess of the Wind (1976) - Rotten Tomatoes

Chess of the Wind (1976)

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Screened publicly just once before it was banned and then lost for decades, this rediscovered jewel of Iranian cinema reemerges to take its place as one of the most singular and astonishing works of the country's pre-revolution New Wave. A hypnotically stylized murder mystery awash in shivery period atmosphere, Chess of the Wind unfolds in an ornate, candlelit mansion where a web of greed, violence, and betrayal ensnares the heirs to a family fortune as they vie for control of their recently-deceased matriarch's estate. Melding the influences of European modernism, gothic horror, and classical Persian art, director Mohammad Reza Aslani crafts an exquisitely controlled mood piece that erupts in a stunningly subversive final act in which class conventions, gender roles, and even time itself are upended with shocking ferocity.

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Critic Reviews for Chess of the Wind

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Aslani's vision is still breathtakingly distinctive, an incisively devastating social critique embedded in a complex tale of intrigue, greed, oppression, and murder.

October 29, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Aslani pulls story threads together with an elegant moving camera that doesn't immediately give up all the secrets a scene may contain.

October 28, 2021 | Full Review…

Comparatively short, sharp and disciplined...

November 8, 2021 | Full Review…

We are quite lucky that "Chess Game of the Wind" eventually reemerged, not just due to its immense quality as a movie, but also as a testament to the progressiveness of the pro-Revolution Iranian cinema.

December 20, 2020 | Full Review…

If the allegorical implications of the plot are somewhat obvious, the ways in which The Chess Game of the Wind utilizes small, devious details to achieve this goal are anything but.

October 30, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

A grand guignol of ... shattered glass, double-crosses, piled-up corpses and sexual betrayal.

October 29, 2020 | Full Review…

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