Monday, April 25, 2016

The Knack... and How to Get It (1965)

Cannes Film Festival 1965

Palme d'Or
Richard Lester
Technical Grand Prize - Special Mention
Richard Lester

United Artists - Lopert Pictures
Directed by Richard Lester
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
(Blu-ray, Kino Lorber)

Shy schoolteacher Michael Crawford wonders how one of the renters in his house is so successful with women. The suave, well-dressed musician has a never-ending procession, at least in Crawford's fantasies. Wide-eyed, innocent Rita Tushingham first day in the big city leads her in search of an apartment and she ends up at Crawford's house. Crawford falls for her while the musician tries, unsuccessfully, to seduce her as does an artist also renting a room. The three of them compete for her affections in a succession of increasingly absurd situations. Rita has the last laugh with one little word in a hilarious denouement. Somewhat dated now, but frenetic pacing and daring subject matter was unheard of in a mainstream movie of 1965.

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