The Turk on stage and screen

The Turk was the subject of several plays and stories during its lifetime, and continued to inspire storytellers long after its demise. This month the classic 1927 silent film, “The Chess Player”, based on the story of the Turk’s mythical encounter with Catherine the Great, is being re-released on DVD. (I provided an extra commentary track.) Meanwhile, at the Edinburgh Festival, a new play, The Principle of Motion, inspired by my book, intertwines the story of Wolfgang von Kempelen with that of Alan Turing as both contemplate the possibility of a thinking machine.

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