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The Knack ...and How to Get It

A timid schoolteacher (Michael Crawford) tries to join the 60s sexual revolution in this Woodfall comedy.

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UK 1965
Dir Richard Lester
With Rita Tushingham, Ray Brooks, Michael Crawford, Donal Donnelly
Certificate 15

Shifting tone as the 60s progressed, Woodfall delved into the changing morality of the decade with this comedy. Director Richard Lester came to the film after making The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, bringing zip to the tale of a timid schoolteacher trying to join the sexual revolution. While light-hearted compared to many Woodfall projects, the film won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1965.


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