Saturday, February 12, 2011

Comedy as Anarchy: Richard Lester's The Knack...

The Knack...and How to Get It
1965. 85 minutes. UK. Directed by Richard Lester. Watchdate: 11/11/2010
It's not often that I've encountered a movie that combines visual and verbal panache so deftly and cohesively. This was Richard Lester's follow up to A Hard Day's Night, and the superb direction he exhibited there was merely a warm up for the tour de force work he delivers here. The Knack moves so quickly it's sometimes hard to keep up. It's almost painful. Yet I was almost constantly laughing or in awe of the incisive madness of this whirling contraption. It's one of the funniest movies I have ever seen.

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