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KING OF HEARTS

KING OF HEARTS REVIEWED

“King of Hearts” caught on with the anti-War movement during the 1960s. It’s a surreal feature about a Scottish soldier trying to disarm a bomb left behind by the Germans. Unfortunately, they left in a town overtaken by the inhabitants of a local insane asylum. These crazy people try to hold court and keep society going. When the soldier pushes on them to let him do his job, they elect him, the King of Hearts. Our hero takes on the royal moniker, so that he can keep everyone from dying.

The longer that the King of Hearts stays in this town, the more he wants to leave behind the larger War raging outside of the city. I can see how the film has been a cult favorite for the last 50 years. But, it also requires an audience that enjoys nuance and careful wordplay. If you’re expecting something grandiose then look elsewhere. What always caught my attention about the film is how much Alan Bates looked like Antonio Banderas from a certain angle.

That’s not a major insight, but that’s how the film always stuck with me.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Commentary
  • Interview
  • Featurette
  • Trailers

A/V STATS

  • 1.85:1 1080p transfer
  • LPCM 2.0

RELEASE DATE: 6/12/18

  • 95%
    Video - 95%
  • 94%
    Audio - 94%
  • 93%
    Special Features - 93%
  • 93%
    Film Score - 93%
94%

The Plot Thus Far

During the latter part of World War I, Private Charles Plumpick is chosen to go into the French town of Marville and disconnect a bomb that the German army has planted. However, Charles is chased by some Germans and finds himself holed up at the local insane asylum, where the inmates are convinced that he is the “King of Hearts.” Feeling obligated to help the inmates, Charles attempts to lead them out of town, but they are afraid to leave and frolic about the streets in gay costumes.

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