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The Knack ...and How to Get It (1965)
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Summary: In England, the times are a changing: it's mods and rockers. On the day Nancy gets off the London train, cases in hand, looking for the YWCA, Colin has had enough of missing out on the sexual revolution. He begs his smooth (and misogynistic) pal Tolen to teach him 'the knack' - how to score with women. (imdb)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Directed By: Richard Lester
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na Groooan
5
T3
na Risselada Risselada
55
T3
na imdb imdb
68
T7
na edaz
79
T4
na PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
82
T7
Curious mix of French and British New Wave. It plays out as nonsense, but understandable nonsense with some fun characters and a good use of style to comment on the generational shifts of the time. Not everything works, I found some of the way the film treats women to be rather crass, but perhaps that's still worthwhile as a relic of the times.
na lansaldo
80
T8
na welike
20
T5
na eric_sever
100
na filmcricket
73
T9
na nosre nosre
78
T9
na justinhilton justinhilton
64
T4
na Not_Yuman Not Yuman
80
T9
na Veterini Veterini
80
T8
na JJ1986 JJ1986
40
T2
na strangelime
90
T8
na daystron7
53
T5
na Antares Antares
56
T2
na wetwillies wetwillies
85
T6
It's a stylistic mess, but that's kind of the point, and that's why this film's rollicking, free-form environment is so much fun. It just feels like everyone is running around doing crazy shit and it's a blast.
na pzingg
78
T2
na mannaz230 mannaz230
59
T3
na ari
89
T10
na hazelhawks hazelhawks
77
T8
na kneudorf kneudorf
40
T3
na Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100
T6
na lynchian
85
T9
na jrpaulson
60
T3
na scottmcc scott.mcc
70
T6
na gleeb
69
T4
na cinemahell cinema_hell
68
T3
na Warren Warren
70
T2
na xacviant
57
T2
It's hard to see why this chaotic farce walked away with the Palme d'Or at Cannes; the script is filled with incoherent lines and bad jokes that pile up on top of each other, while Antony Gibbs' editing merely makes the thin story confusing. To be fair, Richard Lester pulls off some intriguing visuals (and a few funny bits), while the acting is mostly acceptable; Rita Tushingham is quite appealing, even when stuck with a drawn-out comic riff on the word "rape". Mainly a curiosity item.
na flowing flowing
61
T5
na davidme
49
T3
na laika laika
58
T3
na filmaffinity filmaffinity
65
T6
na cripplehorse cripplehorse
76
T8
na dharmabum dharmabum
85
T9
na mert0571
67
T7
na winds winds
4
T3
na darkman darkman
45
T1
Out-dated and silly.
na TonyS.
70
T6
na manymoons manymoons
91
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na DBibby DBibby
47
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na MoeHartman
69
T4
na avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
51
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na Rumplesink_ii Rumplesink
60
T4
na ludymylla ludymylla
44
T3
na fabiovisnadi fabiovisnadi
87
T4
na hsncrspywl hsncrspywl
46
T2
A movie very much set in what was then a contemporary time and place - swinging' sixties London. Good use of editing and a brilliant jazzy score don't quite make up for some reprehensible characters and misogyny that barely masquerades as satire. Attempts to moralize at the end with unflattering results - was the rampant sexism OK in an age of sexual freedom because eventually, a woman stays with a singular partner? The film seems to think so. Funny and imaginative at points but also unpleasant.
na danielldb gimmefiction
70
T6
na RNG
33
T4
na Ronin21
67
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na las las
65
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na GarethD
75
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na sellis
87
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na Scottathon Scottathon
71
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na stig_otracy
7
T4
na moeta2
75
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na CMQuinn CMQuinn
6
T4
na Jgirl2688 Jgirl2688
65
T3
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