KING OF HEARTS
1966, Cohen Media, 102 min, France/Italy, Dir: Philippe de Broca

During World War I, Scottish soldier Private Plumpick (Alan Bates) is sent on a mission to a village in the French countryside to disarm a bomb set by the retreating German army. Plumpick encounters a strange town occupied by the former residents of the local psychiatric hospital, who escaped after the villagers deserted. Assuming roles like bishop, duke, barber and circus ringmaster, they warmly accept the visitor as their King of Hearts. With his reconnaissance and bomb-defusing mission looming, Plumpick starts to prefer the acceptance of the insane locals over the insanity of the war raging outside. Since its debut, KING OF HEARTS has become a worldwide cult favorite and stands out as one of de Broca’s most memorable films.


ZORBA THE GREEK
1964, 20th Century Fox, 142 min, USA/Greece, Dir: Mihalis Kakogiannis

When young British writer Basil (Alan Bates) arrives in Greece to work on a mine inherited from his father, he gets an education in life and love from the exuberant Zorba (Anthony Quinn), a peasant who sets in motion a chain of events that change Basil’s life forever. Quinn gives the performance of his career as the man who teaches both Basil and the audience how to embrace life to the fullest.


NEVER APOLOGIZE
2007, Double M Productions, 111 min, USA, Dir: Mike Kaplan

This unique hybrid of film, theater and literature is Malcolm McDowell’s celebration of his friend and mentor, Lindsay Anderson, the award-winning director who cast the actor in his first starring role in IF… This hilarious and moving mix of McDowell’s reminiscences, writings by and about Anderson, and more than 200 visuals bring the legendary iconoclast to life, along with (through the actor's uncanny impressions) their notable colleagues, including Bette Davis, Alan Bates, John Ford, John Gielgud, Rachel Roberts and Lillian Gish. "McDowell and Kaplan pull off a very surprising coup that grips consistently for every one of its 111 minutes.” - David Robinson, Sight and Sound


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