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Get To Know Your Rabbit Movies

Posted April 02, 2010 to photo album "Get To Know Your Rabbit Movies"

As a special Easter article, FilmInFocus puts together a list of the best and weirdest films involving our floppy-eared friends.

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: Harvey (1950)
Slide 3: The Nasty Rabbit (1964)
Slide 4: Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972)
Slide 5: Night of the Lepus (1972)
Slide 6: Watership Down (1978)
Slide 7: Fatal Attraction (1987)
Slide 8: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Slide 9: Donnie Darko (2001)
Slide 10: The Brown Bunny (2003)
Slide 11: Hank and Mike (2008)
Slide 4: Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972)

Slide 4: Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972)

If you know Brian De Palma as the director of movies like the Stephen King adaptation Carrie, ultraviolent drug thriller Scarface or Hitchcock homages such as Body Double, this early film from his career will come as a surprise. Get To Know Your Rabbit is an absurdist satire on the rat race, starring Tom Smothers (of Smothers Brothers fame) as an office worker who escapes from the demand and drudgery of his life to become a tapdancing magician. (On the magic course run by Orson Welles’ The Great Dallesandro  one of the cardinal rules is, “Get To Know Your Rabbit.”) De Palma was fired by Warner Brothers before he had completed shooting, unconvinced by his vision, and the film spent two years in limbo before getting a nominal release in 1972.