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.


COOLEY HIGH
1975, Park Circus/MGM, 107 min, USA, Dir: Michael Schultz

Like AMERICAN GRAFFITI, this deeply felt recollection of adolescent life on Chicago’s near North Side in 1964 deals with girls, school and police troubles as a group of high-school seniors prepare for life after graduation. The chums are Preach (Glynn Turman), who loves to read poetry and history and wants to become a Hollywood screenwriter, but who has the worst grades in the school; and Cochise (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs), the high school basketball star and suave lady-killer. Preach has to contend with love problems in the form of Brenda (Cynthia Davis), school problems with emphatic teacher Mr. Mason (Garrett Morris) and law problems with street toughs Stone (Shermann Smith) and Robert (Norman Gibson).


CAR WASH
1976, Universal, 97 min, USA, Dir: Michael Schultz

A disco flurry of afros, bell-bottoms and big boat cars, this classic comedy takes place at the DeLuxe car wash. Among the most memorable visitors to the establishment are Daddy Rick (Richard Pryor), the Taxi Driver (George Carlin), the Mad Bomber (Professor Irwin Corey) and the Pointer Sisters, who sing the Top 10 hit title song. “It's one thing to have an idea like this - a zany, sometimes serious day in the life of a car wash - and another thing to make it work. But the screenplay and the direction juggle the characters so adroitly, this is almost a wash-and-wax MASH.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


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