Herb Shellenberger

Richard Lester's The Knack... and How to Get It (1965)
November 1, 2012
International House Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Part of Richard Lester at 80

The Knack… and How to Get It is one of the most enduring portraits of Swinging London. Winner of the Palme d’Or (a tremendous feat for a comedy) at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival, the film portrays a kooky love triangle between the sheepish, paranoid schoolteacher Colin (Michael Crawford), the cool ladies’ man Tolen (Ray Brooks) and Nancy (Rita Tushingham), fresh off the bus from small town England. With sumptuous black and white cinematography from David Watkin, a groovy score by John Barry and the uncredited screen debuts of mod beauties Jane Birkin, Jacqueline Bisset and Charlotte Rampling, The Knack is one of Lester’s visually stunning and wildly fun films.

The Knack... and How to Get It, Richard Lester, 1965, UK, 35mm, 85'