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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

Written By: Charles Wood, Ann Jellicoe

Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Jacqueline Bisset, Michael Crawford, Donal Donnelly, Rita Tushingham, Ray Brooks, William Dexter, Charles Dyer, Richard Lester, Peter Copley, Charles Wood, John Bluthal

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The Knack ...and How to Get It belongs to 19 collections
1. Palme d'Or (public: moderated by mpowell - 46 stars)
2. List: Taschen's Movies of the Decades (public: moderated by KasperL - 5 stars)
3. London (public: moderated by djross - 3 stars)
4. Mods & Rockers Movies (public: moderated by Hailey - 2 stars)
5. British New Wave (public: moderated by nexus - 1 star)
6. Sight and Sound 2002 (Single Vote) (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 1 star)
7. Cannes 1965 Official Selection (public: moderated by djross)
8. BAFTA Award for Best British Film (Nominees) (public: moderated by ellinikos)
9. John Barry (composer) (public: moderated by Ag0stoMesmer)
10. David Watkin (cinematographer) (public: moderated by Ag0stoMesmer)
11. Halliwell's Four Star Movies (private: Maaxwell)
12. Edgar Wright's 1000 Favorite Movies (private: coldesser)
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Rumplesink_ii Rumplesink
60T4
mntypython22
95T7
Scottathon Scottathon
71T4
jrpaulson
60T3
wetwillies wetwillies
85T6
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.
ludymylla ludymylla
44T3
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65T7
las las
70T3
GarethD
75T5
pzingg
78T2
JJ1986 JJ1986
40T2
Risselada Risselada
55T3
kneudorf kneudorf
40T3
eric_sever
100
Veterini Veterini
80T8
welike
20T5
TonyS.
70T5
nosre nosre
78T9
dglink
70T4
capodelnulla capodelnulla
49T2
eksantrikliği itici olmaktan ziyade sürükleyici oluyor, bu açıdan şaşırtıcı. ama lester sahne yönetmekten ziyade hareketli enstantaneler yaratmış gibi. hatta tüm film gif'lere bile bölünebilir, o derece.
hazelhawks hazelhawks
77T8
bernardobrum bernardobrum
70T3
daystron7
53T5
manymoons manymoons
91T10
lynchian
85T10
ari
89T10
filmcricket
73T9
flowing flowing
61T5
justinhilton justinhilton
64T4
xacviant
57T2
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.
mert0571
67T7
edaz
79T4
MoeHartman
69T4
jodamico jodamico
75T5
It's silly and outdated at first, then the plot gets REALLY distasteful, but I think you could make a decent case that this is as well edited, if not better, than Breathless.
imdb imdb
68T7
Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100T6
ladyspiggott ladyspiggott
85T9
Warren Warren
70T2
toro913
37T3
Not_Yuman Not Yuman
70T7
darkman darkman
45T1
Out-dated and silly.
RNG
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4T2
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71T8
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6T7
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50T5
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80T9
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65T4
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58T3
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81T3
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35T6
avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
51T5
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66T5
dgeiser13
1T6
Jgirl2688 Jgirl2688
65T3
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68T3
gleeb
69T4
ITBSPodcast ITBSPodcast
100T6
"In didactic terms I don't think that it succeeds but I don't know that it's supposed to succeed." http://illusionpodcast.blogspot.com/2014/12/episode-41-first-richard-lester-episode.html
davidme
49T3
Antares Antares
56T2
moeta2
75T2
Ronin21
67T3
PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
82T7
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.
BranaHawk
40T2
DBibby DBibby
47T2
sellis
87T9
mannaz230 mannaz230
58T4
guvolefou guvolefou
75T6
hsncrspywl hsncrspywl
46T2
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.
strangelime
90T8
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