Harold and Maude & King of Hearts Double Feature

Harold and Maude & King of Hearts Double Feature



What’s better than a great film?   How about TWO great films?   To celebrate its Golden 50th Anniversary, The Loft Cinema presents a selection of some its most popular and entertaining Double Features from years past.  Revisit old favorites and discover new ones at our Classic Loft Double Features!   Every Double Feature will include a short intermission.

Harold and Maude

A 19-year-old man obsessed with death and a 79-year-old woman high on life find love, much to the shock of the rest of the world, in Hal Ashby’s beloved black comedy, Harold and Maude. Deadpan rich boy Harold (Bud Cort) stages elaborate (and increasingly hilarious) fake suicide attempts in order to gain the attention of his exasperated mother, who ignores her son’s morbid shenanigans and blithely plans his brilliant future for him. Obsessed with the trappings of death, Harold freaks out his blind dates, modifies his new sports car to look like a mini-hearse, and attends funerals for fun.   But when Harold meets the irrepressible, anything-for-a-thrill septuagenarian Maude (the amazing Ruth Gordon), everything changes. Mixing equal parts gallows humor and offbeat romance, Harold and Maude, one of the biggest cult classics of the ‘70s, is a delightfully twisted comedy for those who think young … and old! (Dir. by Hal Ashby, 1971, USA, 91 mins., Rated PG)

King of Hearts

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 falls in love with a mysterious young woman named Coquelicot (Genevieve Bujold) and starts to prefer the acceptance of the insane locals over the insanity of the war raging outside. A delightfully offbeat anti-war comedy that became a worldwide cult favorite (famously playing for a continuous five year run in one Cambridge, MA theater), King of Hearts is a true counterculture classic. (Dir. by Philippe de Broca, 1966, Italy/France, in French with English subtitles, 102 mins., Not Rated)

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