King of Hearts

Directed by Philippe de Broca

Since its debut in 1967, King of Hearts has acquired cult status and now stands as one of director Philippe de Broca’s most memorable works. Set towards the end of World War I and focusing on a soldier (memorably played by Alan Bates) who is tasked with dismantling an active bomb in a French village that has been left behind by the retreating German army, the film propagates the notion that madness is the only rational response to the absurdity of war. It’s presented here in a gorgeous new 4K restoration for modern audiences to discover.

104 minutes

Translated title:
Le roi de Coeur

English, French and German

Partial English

Country of origin:
France and Italy

Year of production: