8 x 8: A CHESS SONATA IN EIGHT MOVEMENTS (Hans Richter, 1957)

Gorgeous, spirited, enigmatic, avant-garde writer-director Hans Richter’s almost entirely speechless 8 x 8: A Chess Sonata in Eight Movements takes its title from the grid of a chessboard. Richter’s sophisticated air, celebrity stars (Jean Arp, Paul Bowles, Alexander Calder, Jean Cocteau, Peggy Guggenheim, Man Ray, etc.), dazzling down-the-rabbit-hole enchantment, bag of tricks (reverse motion, jump-cuts, […]