8 × 8: A Chess Sonata in 8 Movements  

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"This film deals with the world of fantasy. It is a fairy tale for grown-ups. It explores the realm behind the magic mirror which served Lewis Carroll 100 years ago to stimulate our imagination."

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8 x 8: A Chess Sonata in 8 Movements is an American film directed by Hans Richter and Jean Cocteau released on March 15 1957 in New York. It feature original music by Robert Abramson, John Gruen and Douglas Townsend.

Described by Richter as "part Freud, part Lewis Carroll," it is a fairy tale for the subconscious based on the game of chess."

While living in New York, Hans Richter directed 2 feature films, Dreams That Money Can Buy and 8x8: A Chess Sonata in collaboration with Max Ernst, Jean Cocteau, Paul Bowles, Fernand Leger, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp and others, which was partially filmed on the lawn of his summer house in Southbury, Connecticut.



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