Thursday, June 28

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King of Hearts

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New Restoration!

Friday, June 22 – Thursday, June 28

*Please note: 9:30 shows on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday have been canceled. We regret any inconvenience.

(1966) dir Philippe de Broca w/Alan Bates, Geneviève Bujold, Pierre Brasseur, Jean- Claude Brialy, Adolfo Celi, Françoise Christophe [102 min; DCP]
During World War I, Scottish soldier Private Plumpick (Bates) is sent to a village in the French countryside on a mission to disarm a bomb set by the retreating German army. When he arrives, Plumpick encounters a strange town populated by what he takes to be charming eccentrics. What he doesn’t know initially is that the original villagers have fled, and the escaped residents of the local psychiatric hospital have moved into the town. Assuming roles like Bishop, Duke, barber, and circus ringmaster, the new townspeople warmly accept the visitor as their “King of Hearts.” With his bomb-defusing mission looming, Plumpick starts to prefer the acceptance of the insane locals over the insanity of the war raging outside.

Though it didn’t make much of a splash in its native France, KING OF HEARTS became a cult sensation when it premiered in the U.S. amidst the burgeoning anti-war movement of the late ‘60s. In fact, in our liberal bastion of Cambridge (at the now defunct Central Square Cinema), the film showed for 4 years straight beginning in February of 1971! It has gone on to become a worldwide favorite and stands out as one of de Broca’s most memorable films. Now, 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.

Staff Pick: Dave

“A funny and touching experience.” – New York Times

“A surrealistic jewel of a comedy which you realize, when you can catch your breath between laughs, has made the case for the sanity of the lunatics and the madness of the war-waging sane.” – Charles Champlin, Los Angeles Times

“De Broca delivers potent satire in a manner both skilful and charming.” – Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

“Revisiting ‘King of Hearts,'” by Leo Racicot, Brattle Film Notes


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Friday 6/22
at 5:00 7:15 PM
Saturday 6/23
at 2:45 5:00 7:15 PM
Sunday 6/24
at 2:45 5:00 7:15 PM
Monday 6/25
at 8:30 PM
Tuesday 6/26
at 5:00 7:15 PM
Wednesday 6/27
at 8:30 PM
Thursday 6/28
at 5:00 7:15 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats here.