16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sixties at its best
I don't understand why this film gets unfavourable reviews on Amazon. I didn't like it when I first saw it on TV in the seventies (I missed it at the cinema being under-age) but it has become one of my favourite films since. It has the greatest of John Barry's great film scores, superb black and white photography, Rita Tushingham at her best, wonderful shots of mod...
Published on 28 April 2008 by DH Dixon
3.0 out of 5 stars silly
I new it was a daft movie before I bought it , even so it was a silly romp that makes you laff
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You get Frank Spencer and Mr Benn for your money!,
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This review is from: The Knack... And How To Get It [DVD] (DVD)That it was originally a play (by Ann Jellicoe) is obvious from the way some of the dialogue is presented, that it is a 60s romp is also very quickly established. It is incredibly similar to Lesters 'Hard Days Night' in its lack of genre, mix of madcap and apparently pointless dialogue/ monologues. I prefer it to Hard Days Night, probably because as much as I loved The Beatles actors they were not.
The plot, such as it is, is about the Brooks character (a seductive lounge lizard of the highest order) teaching the Crawford character how to get The Knack. The Knack is of course how to have sex with a LOT of women, and this is illustrated ad nauseam, beginning with a scene in the house where an endless stream of nubile and identically dressed young women are hanging about everywhere for the privilege of being chosen by the total sleazebag. Brooks is extremely well cast in this role as he is very good looking, but his voice is the real clincher - I can see why women would have had a problem saying no! But seriously, for any person who has a scrap of awareness it does come across as manipulative to the point of pathology, and the scene where Tushinghams character goes around saying 'rape' illustrates for me what happened with men and women in this world. My interpretation is that it is about the regret of consent, realising that you have been 'played' and if you had known his genuine intentions beforehand you would never have said yes. Therefore it is not that that scene makes light of rape as such, it is simply that whilst it cannot be technically or legally held as rape a woman can feel she has been raped when after she is thrown out with the rubbish.
I feel that this serious point is lost, inevitably, as the film is a madcap 60s romp. There is also some fairly pretentious (and dull) twaddle in the dialogue (eg in the Tom characters white room) which does make this an odd mongrel of a film - no real plot, no linear progression of anyone or anything. It is not so intentionally funny as to be called a comedy, and it is definitely not a drama. I do like this film, and will be buying a R2 as I only have a R1 copy, but my favourite 60s film coming from the same culture and time is Georgy girl, a very different animal.
28 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lest we forget...,
This review is from: The Knack... And How To Get It [DVD] (DVD)Just what it really was like in "The Swinging Sixties" rent this DVD and remember... what? How much fun it was to do really whacky things for the sake of it. How pretty all the dolly birds looked. How boring and bigoted the older generation were. How women were simply there as objects of desire. How chatting-up a girl and getting her into bed was the most important thing in a relationship. How sexual promiscuity was revered. How rape was nothing really important. How "things" had no value other than for fun. How smart cinema-photography, overt imagery and rapid-fire, meaningless dialogue could make a film really "important". And... how dull and pointless all of this could be.
Like a bad dream "The Knack" brings these memories flooding back and makes you really glad that you aren't there anymore. And... the really scary thing about it all is that it really was like that, so much so that the film, the truly awful world it portrays and the soul-less people who populate it were seen, at the time, not as some kind of dark satire (which it wasn't intended to be) but as part of a cheekily "hip" comic romp.
Forty years on the only redeeming features it can lay claim to are the wholly unintentional - its numerous shots of London and its streets, shop-fronts, thick winter coats & cars make it an intriguing "timepiece", and... it's the perfect antidote to all the hype & nostalgia about the sixties that the passage of time has enshrined. Essential viewing, but for all the wrong reasons.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately very dated,
This review is from: The Knack... And How To Get It [DVD] (DVD)As other reviewers have already said ,this film , while quite groundbreaking when released , has really not aged very well at all. Its stilted (origins as a play are obvious), the'zany' humour is simply not very funny , and some of the characters are downright creepy.
It is worth watching for a flavour of London circa 1965 , but will not repay repeated viewings.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Zany 60s memorabilia.,
This review is from: The Knack... And How To Get It [DVD] (DVD)Some very 'odd' films came out of sixties Britain - and this is probably the zaniest of them all!
Rita Tushingham stars in this, and gives us some hilariously funny moments - Tushingham being very adept at comedy, though I'm not altogether sure that this was the film's original intention!
Beds being wheeled through streets; naked women playing drums and singing 'rape'! It's all very interesting now after all these years to see this again and recall just how 'outlandish' the sixties were at times, but for those of you who profess to understand it, I should be very concerned indeed!!
Some eye candy brightens this movie up in the form of a sexy Ray Brooks and a handsome Donal Donnelly.
10 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone, though...,
This review is from: The Knack... And How To Get It [DVD] (DVD)Let me say that I don't want to sound pretentious, but things are what they are. There are nuclear physics that know about that stuff, there are philosophers who can read Engels. I'm sure not able to apreciate the previous stuff.
What I can appreciate is good cinema, and that's what this movie is. It's sure before it's time, and although it won the (now) most important film festival of the world, it never suceeded at the box-office, because like then, it is still not for everybody.
Give it a try if you want to exeprience something new (a bit "Tatiesque"), and if you're brit (wich I am not) you should be proud.
18 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a candidate for DULLEST film EVER,
This review is from: The Knack... And How To Get It [DVD] (DVD)I cant believe I sat through the whole of this film without falling asleep. As a fan of 60s films such as "a kind of loving", "This sporting life" and "The L-Shaped Room" I had great hopes for this title, especially since it had a superb cast and was directed by Richard Lester who did the superb "A hard days night" and "Help". Instead, I sat through one of the most self-indulgent, boring, pretentious pieces of cinema Ive ever experienced. Yes theres some nice shots of London in the 60s but thats all, only buy for that reason....I cant believe anyone wants to hear such stupid, idiotic dialogue, see a bed pushed through streets for what seems an eternity or spend any more time then is necessary with these annoying, shallow characters. All in all a complete waste of time....
2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unwatchable!,
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This review is from: The Knack... And How To Get It [DVD] (DVD)Man was this bad! Boring even in fast forward. The opening shots promise maybe something interesting is going to happen, and then it rockets over a long, never ending cliff of grey boredom. This is such a far cry from Hard Day's Night! Perhaps the only good thing about having wasted time and money on this thing is that the jarring contrast with Lester's great film made me appreciate Hard Day's Night much more.
1 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Knack...............of irritating the viewer!,
This review is from: The Knack... And How To Get It [DVD] (DVD)Like the Beatles 'Hard days Night' I have to ask, where does Dick Lester get his sense of humour from?
Pushing a bed through the streets of London, painting a house white, climbing in and out a window. Nostagia? sorry dont remember anyone who acted so irritating in the, did someone say, 'swinging 60s'?.
This film was never 'Zany' just irritable, like Lester was when he directed it. One star for the music of John Barry!
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The Knack... And How To Get It [DVD] by Richard Lester (DVD - 2004)