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A scene from the movie Computer Chess
Genre Comedy
Running Time 92 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Jul 17, 2013
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Computer Chess

Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, this film transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future.

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July 25, 2013 - Boston.com - Ty Burr, Globe Staff

Watching “Computer Chess” is like opening an ancient Altair 8800 to peer at the tiny people inside. Taking place over the course of three days at an anonymous hotel sometime around the dawn of the 1980s, the film follows a motley group of computer wonks as they pit chess-playing algorithms against each other.Shooting on period video equipment for a blurry, boxy look, writer-director Andrew Bujalski sets his movie at a critical juncture in modern history: The moment just before computers became personal.

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