GET TO KNOW YOUR RABBIT
All of which is a shame as Get to Know Your Rabbit is a brilliantly funny absurdist comedy. Were it more well known, it would undoubtedly become the cult film it should be. Americans never understood the absurdist sense of humour that emerged out of the British tradition (Monty Python, the Goon Show, The Young Ones et al), which may well explain why Get to Know Your Rabbit was not a success. Jordan Crittendens script is filled with wonderfully nonchalant absurdities the bomb-caller who tries to announce there is six minutes before a bomb goes off and is put on hold; Katharine Rosss delightfully nonsensical story about her crush on the paper-boy and how she had to sell herself to pay for the paper subscription in order to continue to see him every day; or John Astin as Tom Smotherss workaholic former boss begging Ive been so long without an office. Just give me an office, I wouldnt ask you to trust me with a job and then collapsing in relief when he finally gets to paperclip two pieces of paper together. The final throwaway gag is sublime.
The cast are memorable, of which John Astin and a wonderfully dignified Orson Welles, who gets to indulge his love of magic tricks, are standout. (Although in the documentay De Palma (2015), De Palma recounts problems with Welles who did not bother to learn his lines and a politically disaffected Tom Smothers who went AWOL from the set). De Palma directs in perfectly droll straight-face and the film is a joyous little gem. The only time that Brian De Palma ever had the opportunity to indulge this sense of humour again was in The Phantom of the Paradise (1974) comedy is a genre one wishes he would visit again.
Brian De Palmas other genre films are: the psycho-thriller Sisters/Blood Sisters (1973), the rock musical Phantom of the Opera parody The Phantom of the Paradise (1974), the reincarnation thriller Obsession (1976), the psychic powers films Carrie (1976) and The Fury (1978), the psycho-thrillers Dressed to Kill (1980), Blow Out (1981), Body Double (1984) and Raising Cain (1992), the sf film Mission to Mars (2000) and the psycho-thriller Femme Fatale (2002). De Palma (2015) is a documentary about De Palmas life and films.
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