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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 justinhilton
64
T4
na winds
4
T3
na lansaldo
80
T8
na gleeb
69
T4
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 DBibby
47
T2
na avgcrtckr
51
T5
na Ronin21
67
T3
na moeta2
75
T2
na ludymylla
44
T3
na manymoons
91
T10
na Warren
70
T2
na davidme
49
T3
na sellis
87
T9
na Groooan
5
T3
na edaz
79
T4
na GarethD
75
T5
na fabiovisnadi
87
T4
na scott.mcc
70
T6
na Scottathon
71
T4
na Antares
56
T2
na RNG
33
T4
na Jgirl2688
65
T3
na flowing
61
T5
na welike
20
T5
na kneudorf
40
T3
na nosre
78
T9
na laika
58
T3
na eric_sever
100
na strangelime
90
T8
na mannaz230
59
T3
na hazelhawks
77
T8
na JJ1986
40
T2
na 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 dharmabum
85
T9
na Veterini
82
T8
na CMQuinn
6
T4
na imdb
68
T7
na gimmefiction
70
T6
na 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 pzingg
78
T2
na filmaffinity
65
T6
na 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 mert0571
67
T7
na daystron7
53
T5
na cinema_hell
68
T3
na darkman
45
T1
Out-dated and silly.
na Rumplesink
60
T4
na ari
89
T10
na stig_otracy
7
T4
na MoeHartman
69
T4
na lynchian
85
T9
na TonyS.
70
T6
na jrpaulson
60
T3
na las
65
T2
na Not Yuman
70
T8
na cripplehorse
76
T8
na filmcricket
73
T9
Average Tier 5 from 59 Rankings rss