But Rita has seen a glimmer of light. There is a whole world of literature out there to expand her mind.
Shaw would be proud. There is a minor glitch in the establishing scene at the beginning, but to see Rita once again in widescreen is almost like seeing it for the very first time. Educating Rita is one of many re-tellings of Shaw's Pygmalion, itself based on a Greek myth, so the story is nothing new.
Rita, as so many great British films, is based on a play, in this case by Willie Russell, who also collaborated with director Lewis Gilbert, who, in addition to directing several Bond features, also directed Michael Caine in his Oscar nominated title role in Alfie, on the delightful Shirley Valentine, cast in a similar vein.
It would be easy to think of Rita as My Fair Lady without the Marne Nixon voice overs, but that would be, as a classmate of Rita's puts it, facile.
The combination of Michale Caine and Julie Walters is pure magic. Unlike Dudley Moore's lovable drunk, Caine's Frank Bryant is a drunk that is difficult to love, which makes him far more interesting.
He wallows, not in self pity, which would be disgusting, but in the infinitely sadder depths of self acceptance and resignation to shortcomings. He is a failed drunken poet who has lost the capacity to feel his own life.
Enter Rita, a hairdresser who wants to learn literary criticism, but more importantly, learn a way out of a life that she feels all too well. From his jaundiced perspective, Frank fears that educating Rita would transform her into just another one of the lifeless women that litter his life, but Rita will not be denied.
Gradually, through voracious consumption of the Canon of Western Literature, Rita learns what she believes to be a better song to sing. But it's not that simple. Rita finds that people, even educated people, in the end, have only themselves to cling to, and Shaw, Blake, Ibsen and Chekov may help fill up the empty moments, but they can't take away the emptiness itself.
What does Rita want? What Rita wants is choices, and the freedom to choose among them for herself, and getting there is warm and moving drama that elevates Educating Rita among the absolute best of its era and genre. David Hentschel's synthesized soundtrack is absolutely wonderful.
It is by now so obviously from another era that it allows you to be drawn even more into the film, giving it a more timeless than dated feel. The supporting cast is wonderful, including Michael Williams, who, aside from being Mr.
Judi Densch for the last thirty years of his life, also received a Papal knighthood, and classically renowned actress Maureen Lipman who was later awarded a C.
Ultimately, however, it is the sheer magic of Caine and Walters, no less so than with Harrison and Hepburn in My Fair Lady, that gives Rita the boundless charm, wit, and passion that have made it one of my favorite films of all time.
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A superb and deeply touching movie ReviewShop 9 August People who have experienced the mid-life crisis will be at home with this movie, as 26 year old hairdresser, Rita Julie Waltersis pressurised into settling down with boyfriend Denny. Not only is this an un-needed pressure, but her father is plaguing her about when she is going to have children, but all Rita wants to do is find herself and take up something new.
Her common touch and wonderful idiosyncrasies bring a breath of fresh air to snotty high class life, but when she goes to Dr. Frank Bryant Michael Caine to not only improve her lexicon, but to improve her image she begins a journey of blood and tears.
Frank is assigned to tutor her, and from the start their personalities resonate the human touch. Frank Bryant's marriage has gone down the pan, and his current girlfriend is playing away. On top of this he has hit the bottle and can only get through the day of teaching the young toffs, with a blend of his lecturing skills and the drink.
He is jaded, he is tired of the same lecture routines, and he cannot understand why these students want to discuss the finer points of Blake. But Rita is new and fresh, initially Rita doesn't possess the skills required to write analytical essays; but she is different, she is vibrant, she is funny and she is unbelievably up front.
As their relationship blossoms and Rita starts to find herself, she becomes increasingly drawn to the student way of life, and when Franks life is enriched because of her presence and her willingness to learn he sends her to a summer camp, to be educated at a greater level.
However, Rita's return with a change of character surprises Frank, and soon they drift away from their zany, affectionate meetings.
Educating Rita is funny, expressive, sentimental, poignant and sad, as Frank must come to terms with the young bird fleeing the nest, whilst Rita begins to realize what she is becoming.
With one thing gained, many other things are lost, and with Frank's increasing drinking problem because of Rita's character change, the two are headed for disaster.
Both Caine and Walters give amazingly touching performances, and throughout I felt myself urging them to each other, only to know deep down that the age gap is just too much.
Not many films make the audience care enough about relationships and circumstances, but this brilliant movie not only gets the audience committed to their plight, but also feels the full range of emotions.
When Rita gives her own interpretation of what assonance is, Bryant finds himself chuckling away to himself and realising that she is indeed right. What is especially touching is the way that Bryant wants Rita to stay as she is, because life has so little characters left for him.
What she wants to become is everything that Bryant wants to forget, and there begins a sentimental tug of war.‘Educating Rita’ is a comedy written by the playwright Willy Russell in Educating Rita only focuses on two main characters.
This is not normally used because a really good plot would be needed to keep the audience interested. The advantage of this is the audience can easily see and understand the relationship between the main characters.
Willy Russell, born in Whiston near Liverpool, is one of the most popular and successful contemporary playwrights whose works are studied in schools and colleges. His plays include: One for the Road, Stags and Hens, Educating Rita, Blood Brothers and Shirley rutadeltambor.coms: Director Steven Anderson stages CATCO’s well-paced “Educating Rita” with a deep appreciation for its celebration of the possibilities of education and transformation.
Sep 25, · Ottawa Little Theatre kicks off its th season with Willy Russell’s Educating Rita. The play centres around themes that are just as applicable to Ottawa in as they were when it first premiered in London in , but the details of the script, such as the cultural references and English dialect, feel dated and Phone: (1) Review: Educating Rita.
Never having read the play Educating Rita and having heard only its synopsis- two worlds collide as bubbly hairdresser Rita enters higher education to be taught by jaded, downtrodden and somewhat alcoholic professor Frank- I was a little wary that the ‘hilarious comedy’ would be in danger of tipping into farce.
A secondary school revision resource for GCSE English Literature about Willy Russell's Educating Rita. British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Themes Revise Sample Question Revise. More from.