Curtis makes Potini fascinating and unpredictable in every frame of “The Dark Horse.”
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You don't need to know anything about chess, New Zealand or Genesis Potini to fall under the spell of "The Dark Horse". This may have as much to do with the real-life Potini as with the actor who becomes him in this loving portrait, Cliff Curtis. His immersive portrayal makes Potini fascinating and unpredictable in every frame of "The Dark Horse". It was a 2003 documentary about the New Zealand chess champ (nicknamed the Dark Horse) that inspired writer-director James Napier Robertson to give Potini's story narrative treatment.We first see Gen, as he's known, wearing a colorful blanket and toothless grin in a rainstorm. He walks into an antique shop, mumbling in Maori and English as he starts playing a chess game against himself, narrating every move.
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