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King of Hearts

Introduced by Tim Lanza, Vice President and Archivist, Cohen Film Collection

(Le roi de coeur, Philippe de Broca, 1966)

4K Restoration

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Revisit a mid-60s cult classic with this restoration of King of Hearts. Set in World War I, the absurdist satire stars Alan Bates as Private Plumpick, a Scottish soldier sent into an abandoned French village to diffuse a bomb left by the retreating German army. Once there, he meets the new locals—all former residents of a nearby psychiatric asylum who’ve escaped and assumed titles and roles such as “the Duke” or “the barber.” Welcomed as the “King of Hearts” by the village’s inhabitants, Plumpick is left to weigh the collective insanity of his new friends against the madness of war just outside the town walls. Also with Geneviève Bujold. (102 mins., 4K DCP)

Restored by Technicolor for Alex Productions represented by Marina Girard-Muttelet with the support of Centre National du Cinéma in France. The restoration and the color grading work was done in 4K using the original Techniscope negative under the supervision of Pierre Lhomme AFC.

a king reclining on a couch with a young woman sitting beside him

King of Hearts, image courtesy of the Cohen Film Collection.

a king surround by members of his court

King of Hearts, image courtesy of the Cohen Film Collection.

members of a royal court posing next to an automobile

King of Hearts, image courtesy of the Cohen Film Collection.

SEASON SUPPORT FOR FILM/VIDEO
Rohauer Collection Foundation

SUPPORT FOR THE FILM/VIDEO STUDIO PROGRAM
Institute of Museum and Library Services
National Endowment for the Arts

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation

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King of Hearts