- The Knack …and How to Get It
name = The Knack...and How to Get It
caption = original film poster
writer = Charles Wood
Michael Crawford Rita Tushingham
United Artists Corporation
released = flagicon|UK
3 June, 1965
29 June, 1965
music =John Barry
runtime = 85 min.
language = English
amg_id = 1:97908
imdb_id = 0059362
"The Knack ...and How to Get It" is a 1965 British
comedy filmdirected by Richard Lesterbased on the play by Ann Jellicoe. It depicts the sexual competition between three roommates — the aggressive, womanizing drummer Tolen (Ray Brooks), the shy, paranoid schoolteacher Colin ( Michael Crawford), and the neutral artist Tom ( Donal Donnelly) — when a young girl from out of town, Nancy ( Rita Tushingham), enters their London world.
Making the film immediately after working with The Beatles on "A Hard Day’s Night" and just prior to "Help", Lester made major changes to the play, adding his own touch through
direct address, unexpected oddly-edited sequences, humorous subtitles, and a Greek chorusof disapproving members of "the older generation". The film had Lester's distinctive look. "He’s a very visual man,” said actor Ray Brooks, talking about the film in the Eighties. "They reckon that you could take any frame from "Help", "The Knack" and "A Hard Day’s Night" and you could put it on the cover of Time/Life. Everything was so beautifully shot.” [ [http://www.chrishunt.biz/feature24.html "Ray Brooks interview"] by Chris Hunt]
Lester himself makes a brief cameo as an annoyed bystander. John Barry contributed the
jazzy score. Charlotte Rampling, Jacqueline Bissetand Jane Birkinall made their first cinematic appearances in the film as extras. The film won the "Grand Prix" at the Cannes Film Festivalin 1965.
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* [http://www.festival-cannes.com/films/fiche_film.php?langue=6002&id_film=2888 Cannes profile]
title="Grand Prix", Cannes Film Festival
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg"
A Man and a Woman" tied with
The Birds, the Bees and the Italians"
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