The Opera Game

Biography/Drama | 78 minutes | 2019 | 4K | United States Of America

Festivals & Awards

Winner: Filmmaker’s Choice, San Diego Black Film Festival

Winner: 2020 Grammy Award, Musician Nicola Benedetti (Eastern Promises)

Cast & Credits

Peyton Wich (Stranger Things)
Jaqueline Fleming (The Quad)
Evan Daigle (Claws)

Directed by Monty Ross (Malcolm X)
Screenplay by Ken Mask
Composer: Erran Baron Cohen (Borat)


On the night of his untimely and mysterious death in post-Civil War New Orleans, world chess champion PAUL MORPHY’S (1837-1884) exciting and tortured life is reviewed. Known as the greatest chess player of all time, Morphy was a multidimensional genius prodigy.

Note: The chess game played in 1858 at an opera house in Paris between the American chess master Paul Morphy and two strong amateurs, the German noble Karl II, Duke of Brunswick and the French aristocrat Comte Isouard de Vauvenargues, is among the most famous of chess games. Duke Karl and Count Isouard consulted together, playing as partners against Morphy. The game is often used by chess instructors to teach the importance of rapid development of one's pieces, the value of sacrifices in mating combinations, and other chess concepts. The game is sometimes called "The Opera Game".


"The Opera Game draws inevitable comparisons to Netflix’s runaway hit, The Queen’s Gambit." --