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King Of Hearts
     

King Of Hearts

5.0 3
Director: Philippe de Broca

Cast: Alan Bates, Geneviève Bujold, Jean-Claude Brialy

 

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Philippe de Broca's gentle comic masterpiece gets a simple but satisfying treatment on DVD. The film has been given a letterboxed transfer in its original 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio (the images have also been enhanced for playback on widescreen monitors), and the original audio track (in French and English) has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue has

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Philippe de Broca's gentle comic masterpiece gets a simple but satisfying treatment on DVD. The film has been given a letterboxed transfer in its original 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio (the images have also been enhanced for playback on widescreen monitors), and the original audio track (in French and English) has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue has been subtitled in English, French, and Spanish, and the film's original theatrical trailer has been included as a bonus. While this disc offers little in the way of supplemental material, it also shows film looking and sounding better than it ever had on video.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A gentle, whimsical anti-war fable, King of Hearts was wildly embraced as a cult favorite in the 1970s. Even at the time, however, there were detractors who felt that the charms of the film were a bit too "soft" to compensate for its flaws. There's certainly validity to this argument, for Hearts definitely has its share of flaws. For one thing, nothing very much happens after the main predicament is established; one witnesses the former members of the asylum reconnecting with their past lives (real or imagined), without a great deal of variation. In addition, the "who is sane and who is mad" argument is a trifle precious, especially when the asylum residents are presented as exhibiting a very bowdlerized version of madness. However, most viewers are very willing to overlook these deficits, and it can easily be argued that these are not so much flaws as characteristics that add to the film's unique feel and sense of enchantment. Certainly, viewers who like Hearts like it a lot, which speaks volumes about its ability to impress, engage, and enthrall. Those who like the film will appreciate Philippe de Broca's delicate direction; those who are not taken with the film will find the direction slow. But almost all should agree that the cast is quite good, especially Alan Bates in what is essentially a straight-man role. Bates makes the character much more than an amused, bemused, or confused observer, bringing just the right amount of weight to the part without going overboard. Geneviève Bujold has never been more attractive or appealing, and the supporting cast as a whole plays their roles with just the right tone. If a viewer is able to enter into King of Hearts' particular world view, he will most likely feel as if he has made a new and very dear friend.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2001
UPC:
0027616860415
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Bates Pvt. Charles Plumpick
Geneviève Bujold Coquelicot
Jean-Claude Brialy The Duke--Le Duc de Trefle
Julien Guiomar Bishop Daisy--Monseigneur Marguerite
Pierre Brasseur Gen. Geranium
Micheline Presle Mme. Eglantine
Michel Serrault Hairdresser
Françoise Christophe The Duchess
Pier Paolo Capponi Actor
Jacques Balutin Mac Fish
Daniel Boulanger Col. Helmut Von Krack
Adolfo Celi Col. Alexander MacBibenbrook
Marc Dudicourt Lt. Hamburger
Palau Alberic

Technical Credits
Philippe de Broca Director,Producer
Daniel Boulanger Screenwriter
Robert Christides Set Decoration/Design
Francois de Lamothe Art Director
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Jacques Fonteray Costumes/Costume Designer
Francoise Javet Editor
Pierre Lhomme Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- King of Hearts
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title/Intro [1:58]
2. The Password [4:52]
3. Volunteer Pumpernickel [5:53]
4. Lunatics At The Gate [12:01]
5. Strange Wonderful Zoo [6:14]
6. Carrier Pigeons [4:34]
7. Brothel Romance [6:04]
8. The Coronation [10:46]
9. Tanks A Lot [4:55]
10. Wake-Up Call [:27]
11. Femme Fatale [5:06]
12. The World At A Distance [4:20]
13. Around Midnight [11:11]
14. Victory & Fireworks [4:43]
15. Too Big A Production [6:26]
16. The Party Is Over [6:33]

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King Of Hearts 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Fishers_Aunt_D More than 1 year ago
My favorite movie ever! Truly makes you think outside the box about who is really sane and the futility of war. Very funny, thoughtful, life affirming film. Alan Bates has never been better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a timeless movie pertinent to any time of war or peace. It puts forth a theme that is prominent throughout literature, that those waging war are the insane, and those who are peaceful, simple, and considered the "crazy" ones, have the better grip on life. This movie achieves this through a light comedy theme, and rich symbolism. Whenever I need a quick pick me up, this is top on my list.