King of Hearts

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In Brief: This early cult classic (maybe the first film deserving that accolade) seems a little less of a groundbreaker today, and its soft tone has caused it to be severely downgraded in many quarters, but that doesn’t keep the film from having its charms — nor does it keep modern viewers from being able to understand what all the fuss was about some 40-odd years ago. The film’s storyline does suffer from its romanticized portrayal of the mentally ill as somehow saner than the people walking around outside. In many cases, that’s just plain demonstrably nonsensical — it’s even a bit that way in the film itself — but in the context of war as presented here, it works. Regardless, the film itself is a pleasing work with lovely performances from Alan Bates and Geneviève Bujold — and it’s certainly worth revisiting from time to time, if only to hold our cynicism in check. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke originally posted on July 13, 2010.
Genre: Whimsical Anti-War Comedy
Director: Philippe de Broca
Starring: Alan Bates, Geneviève Bujold, Adolfo Celi, Jean-Claude Brialy
Rated: NR

The Hendersonville Film Society will show King of Hearts on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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