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From ‘Aladdin’ to ‘X-Men’: chess in the movies

12
Jan
2014

What do Austin Powers, Harry Potter, and Charles Xavier have in common? Theyre all British, to be sure, but they also all star in films where the game of chess plays a role. Now, one enterprising denizen of the internet has figured out the real games of chess that they must have played in those films — along with the game played by Genie and the Magic Carpet in Disneys Aladdin, the game between Sheriff Bart and the Waco Kid in Blazing Saddles, and three others. Of course, those eight scenes barely scratch the surface of the traditional board games role in film over the years.

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