Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Alt Flicks goes frothy!

Alt Flicks returns to Wednesday nights this month for a series of French farces. Farces typically rely on improbable or extravagant situations to entertain and may even incline towards slapstick, but true to our Alt Flicks mission, these are comedies with a bite and perhaps even a message.

The series kicks off July 8th at 6:30 with Philippe de Broca's whimsical anti-war film, Le Roi de Coeur (The King of Hearts). A commercial failure upon its 1967 release in France, the film achieved almost instantaneous cult status in the United States, running for years at various college town moviehouses.

The story is a simple one. During World War I, a Scottish soldier is sent into a small French village to disarm a bomb. Once there, he discovers the townspeople have fled; only the inmates of the local insane asylum remain. Hilarity ensues.

Warfare is not whimsical, nor is mental illness. De Broca knows that. His gentle satire is both sweet and sophisticated; in the midst of much enchanting looniness, his question is clear: Can those who wage war really be sane?

Le Roi de Coeur = The King of Hearts
Wednesday July 8, 2009
Lewis Auditorium

It's at your library!

Next up, July 15, Le Cage aux Folles.

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