Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Knack . . . and How to Get It

The Knack . . . and How to Get It, Richard Lester's 1965 adaptation of Ann Jellicoe's play, The Knack: A Comedy in Three Acts (1962), has some very memorable bits and debuts (such as that of Charlotte Rampling) transcending a thin story line. As cultural artifact of Youthquake London, it's groovy to behold.

Admittedly, there are parts of scenes one may want to fast-forward through out of slapstick overload. It's also worth noting the bizarre, unexpected twist once Nancy Jones (Rita Tushingham) starts shouting rape at the cads who've been trying to coax and bully her into physical intimacy.

Overall the speech patterns, street life, and wry clashes between adult survivors of World War II and the post-war generation help sustain The Knack . . . and How to Get It beyond tosser level.

Today's Rune: Fertility.


Adorably Dead said...

But what if I can't get the knack...on getting the knack. ;_; lol

Charles Gramlich said...

for a moment I thought you were talking about the musical group, the Knack. I think their first album was called "Get the Knack." I didn't get it, but I rather liked My Sharona.