A man can acquire The Knack
Hell with it — I’m moving Film Club back to Monday, August 10th, so that any New Yorkers who go see it at the Walter Reade Theater on the 8th can join in.
Lester season! And yes, I did look into the price of flights, but there’s no way, man.
If you’d like recommendations — obviously THE KNACK, the Beatles films… damnit, I like all of them. RETURN OF THE MUSKETEERS is problematic, but the previous two MUSKETEERS films are unmissable. Most of these are on 35mm, which is wonderful, depending on print quality — this is a chance to see the cinematography of David Watkin and Nicolas Roeg on the big screen. And Laszlo Kovacs and Gilbert Taylor and Gerry Fisher. Don’t miss PETULIA and ROBIN AND MARIAN. See JUGGERNAUT and enjoy the late Mr. Sharif, being a very good sport in a total cold-fish role. What a treat!
Also recommended — Ann Jellicoe’s Shelley, or The Idealist. I picked it out the library because it has an intro by the author where she talks about The Knack and THE KNACK… AND HOW TO GET IT. It’s quite brilliant — Lester might like it — history, atheism and comedy, three of his favourite things. It reads more like a Lester film than the earlier play.
It seems to me the Royal Court playwrights, including frequent Lester collaborator Charles Wood, are being rather neglected. Their stuff is still regarded as kind of modern, so why produce that when you could produce NEW modern works? But revivals of Look Back In Anger just show what a period piece it is. Shelley, like Wood’s H, Dingo and Veterans, are set in the past, slightly or distantly or sort-of, and still read fresh. There should be a space for them.