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King of Hearts
Philippe de Broca, France/Italy, 1966, 102 min.
World War I, Scottish soldier Private Plumpick is sent on a mission to a
village in the French countryside to disarm a bomb set by the retreating German
army. Plumpick encounters a strange town occupied by the former residents of
the local psychiatric hospital who escaped after the villagers deserted.
Assuming roles like Bishop, Duke, barber, and circus ringmaster, they warmly
accept the visitor as their King of Hearts. With his reconnaissance and
bomb-defusing mission looming, Plumpick starts to prefer the acceptance of the
insane locals over the insanity of the war raging outside. Since its debut, King of Hearts
has become a worldwide cult favorite and stands out as one of de Broca’s most
memorable films. Fifty years after its original release, this satirical look at
the absurdities of war is presented in a gorgeous new 4K restoration for modern
audiences to discover.