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. Although he still earns a living from teaching literature, he has lost his enthusiasm for the subject. He wallows, not in self pity, which would be disgusting, but in the infinitely sadder depths of self acceptance and resignation to shortcomings. Those reservations apart, however, I loved the film. Willy Russell does a reasonably good job of transforming his witty play into a film script here, however the new supporting characters that he includes add nothing to the material, and the film really could have done without most of the scenes that involve them. Michael Caine is one of my favourite actors. As such, the leads must perform well or the film will die.
Whatever its faults and flaws might be, I've never been able - or wanted to - get 'Educating Rita' out of my head. Will she succeed in the exams? He is a failed drunken poet who has lost the capacity to feel his own life. Frank Bryant, an alcoholic and debauched professor from the upper-class who's life has left him emotionally drained, without self-esteem. Surely their personal conflicts are interesting enough to keep me watching, even in the absence of car chases and explosions. 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. He gave up writing poetry after the breakdown of his marriage and his relationship with his girlfriend Julia is also collapsing. Enough defensiveness - this movie is lovely! Great acting, great directing, truly a human drama.
Frank Bryant Michael Caine that is an alcoholic and deluded professor from the upper-class without self-esteem. If that analysis of the film makes it seem very serious, it is not- it is often very funny with some wonderful lines delivered in two great performances by Julie Waters and Michael Caine. Will she succeed in the exams? What we actually have is a film of ideas, with a much more ambiguous ending. Frank lives with the also Professor Julia Jeananne Crowley and they have a loveless relationship; Julia has a love affair with the dean Brian Michael Williams. 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.
In his youth, when he was a published poet, he doubtless shared her ideals, but now in middle age he is a bored, cynical alcoholic. She is having an affair with one of his colleagues. In the process, they both learn some things from each other. He refers to himself as an appalling teacher of appalling students. She joins a literature course in an open university and is tutored by the middle-aged Dr. 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. She joins the literature course in an open university and has tutorial with the middle-aged Dr.
Aside from that, a continuity error or two, and inappropriate choices of music choices, everything else is here is quite good. Rivals humour and determination to improve herself is contagious; she gives motivation to Frank who helps prepare her for the exams to join university, and be able to leave Denny Will she succeed in the exams? We only get to be with these characters for one or two scenes are different points in her education and there are so many time lapses that it rushes right by. Personally, the moving, emotional ending left me feeling satisfied that the screenwriters had done their job right. Their chemistry when the script isn't feeding them useless dialogue is wonderful. I did not like the sub-plot involving Susan's flatmate Trish, a suicidally depressed culture-vulture, played by Maureen Lipman as an exaggerated caricature. Susan's success has been achieved at considerable personal cost because her marriage to Denny has collapsed- he burnt her course-books in a fit of rage after discovering that she was taking the Pill in order to delay having children- and she has become estranged from her family, who sided with Denny over the divorce.
In doing so, however, she comes into conflict with her working-class family, who have no sympathy with her intellectual aspirations, and her cheerfully Philistine husband Denny, whose only desire is to start raising a family. Its combination of wit, great dialogue, warmth and intellectual depth made it, in my view, easily the best film of 1983. There is a marvelous scene where Julie Walters runs to Caine's class just because she wanted to tell him that she saw and loved a Shakespeare play and Caine is touched that she told him first. Drama Comedy Romance Rita, a 26 year old Scouse hairdresser with a sharp wit, is married to her childhood sweetheart, the feckless Denny. Frank seems just about at the end of his rope when he meets hairdresser Rita Julie Walters , who wants to continue her education. His marriage has failed, his new girlfriend is having an affair with his best friend and he can't get through the day without downing a bottle or two of whisky. Their lines are memorable -it is almost impossible to choose only one as an example.
Without a dynamic performance from her, you migh as well turn this into bookmarks. Julie Walters is simply fantastic. Angry because I hate to see the good in a movie go to waste by the bad. She joins a literature course in an open university and is tutored by the middle-aged Dr. Frank, however, is not happy with the change in her personality. Eleanor This film definitely isn't an example of great directing, cinematography or editing. This, of course, causes difficulties between them.
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. But as she says'at least I have the choice'. 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. Her appearance changes; originally a bleached blonde in mini-skirt and high heels she returns to her natural brunette looks and dresses more conservatively. 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.
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. If you have any legal issues please contact the appropriate media file owners or host sites. 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. Is it the dated electronic score that somehow dates the film but not its cerebral or emotional impact? I think that means the movie is moving, rather than sentimental. Surely their personal conflicts are interesting enough to keep me watching, even in the absence of car chases and explosions. Frank lives with Julia, who's also a professor, and have a loveless marriage; Julia has a love affair with the dean Brian.