Thursday 10 September 2020

The City and the City

 I've just finished watching an interesting Sci-Fi/Police procedural series "The City and the City". Without giving too much away, it involves two cities which seem to occupy the same physical space, but exist as distinct entities. As both cities have different languages, cultures and architectures, the director/producers utilised different colours/shooting techniques and cultural touchstones to differentiate the two. One of these touchstones was of course chess. While it was not part of the plot, it showed up quite often in the background of scenes set in Beszel, which appeared to be the 'older' of the two cities.

If you do want to watch the series, probably the best place is on IView (ABC), although I'm not sure how long it will be available. I do recommend it, although having finished watching it, I know have to think about what really went on (or buy the book it is based on)

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