The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents The Knack … and How to Get It.
Either you have it or you don’t. Cool and sophisticated Tolen (Ray Brooks) has it with a monopoly on womanizing proven by a long line of conquests, while his naïve and awkward landlord Colin (Michael Crawford) desperately wants a piece of it, but when Colin falls for an innocent country girl (Rita Tushingham), self-assured Tolen quickly makes a play for her. Fresh from the success of A Hard Day’s Night, Richard Lester applies his frenetic style to the early days of Swinging London and creates this mod masterpiece. The Knack … and How to Get It breaks through the formulaic conventions of romantic love and the sex comedy and stands as a handsome portrayal of the generation gap and the oncoming sexual revolution, wowing audiences at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival and making it a surprise winner of the Palme d’Or.
- New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Richard Lester, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- Audio commentary featuring Steven Soderbergh interviewing Lester
- New interviews with Ray Brooks, Michael Crawford, and Rita Tushingham
- Downloadable soundtrack by John Barry
- Birdwatching, interviews with Charlotte Rampling, Jacqueline Bisset, and Jane Birkin, who all made their onscreen debuts in The Knack … and How to Get It
- Richard Lester’s 1965 documentary on Formula One racing made for Esso
- New interview with Richard Lester on his advertising work during the mid-1960s, including a collection of his television commercials
- Theatrical trailer
- PLUS: An essay by British film scholar Janet Moat