King of Hearts

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

If it weren’t for two films that got us through our earliest years by drawing adoring, enthusiastic, delighted audiences every time we showed them, Railroad Square Cinema would not be here today. One was THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. The other was KING OF HEARTS, which actually ran for 5 years straight at one theater in Cambridge, Mass. at the time, then disappeared from American screens for decades as it fell into a morass of distribution fights. Now, for the first time, it returns to charm anew in a beautiful digital restoration! Alan Bates and Geneviève Bujold star in Philippe de Brocas’s whimsical, enchanting anti-war comedy. During 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. Unrated. In English, and in French with English subtitles. 102 Min.