What it buys you is freedom. Frank Bryant Michael Caine , an alcoholic college literature professor whose life is a shambles. The same can be said of education. The film stars , , and. Educating Rita is one of many re-tellings of Shaw's Pygmalion, itself based on a Greek myth, so the story is nothing new. In the same vein, in Professor Frank Bryant, Rita might have found a sophisticated mentor and a friend, into whose society she longs to belong. Caine lets her shine by downplaying Frank, who is hopelessly morose and more than a bit lazy.
It was in 1954, that he was inspired by the Caine Mutiny film to change his name to Michael Caine. For about the first half of the entire performance Caine just is a completely tired, and uncaring mess basically. Photos © Copyright Columbia Pictures 1983. Unlike many actors who adopt their stage name for everyday use, Caine still uses his real name when he is not working. The second act is far more dramatic as Frank and Rita readjust to each other on a new level. It is true of Educating Rita too, that the British nation can stake out intellectual turf as they have always done with class warfare. This proved paradoxical, as Caine was to become notable for using a regional accent, rather than the Received Pronunciation hitherto considered proper for film actors.
Rita wants to better herself. Maybe that's what happens when you start with an idealistic, challenging idea, and then cynically try to broaden its appeal. After the war, at 20, he got a job to play the role of an assistant stage manager in a theatre and by age 21, he took another job with the Lowestoft Repertory Company. Frank lives with Julia, who's also a professor, and have a loveless marriage; Julia has a love affair with the dean Brian. She just wants other options first. Rita, her search, and her search's meaning for her, all evolve as she adapts to academia and grows as a person. And when Rita writes an essay on E.
This movie has Rita making cracks about one of her hair salon customers looking like a muppet and it also features an attempted suicide. And they are in all intents and purposes, their initial encounter, unique rapport, and development of their characters, the entire film. But it is Julie Walter's who makes it so good because she delivers the comedy in Willy Russell's writing and works brilliantly with Michael Caine. He is really the same person at the end that he was at the beginning. And charm is something both of these British acting heavyweights give off as naturally as rain in April.
Not a lot of people know that. Julie Walters taking ten years off Michael Caine in Educating Rita Julie Walters as Rita is one of the most likeable, entertaining characters to grace the big screen. At the time, Caine's working-class cockney, just as with The Beatles' Liverpudlian accents, stood out to American and British audiences alike. They're made to deliver speeches, take positions and make decisions that are required by the plot, not by their own inner promptings. Determined to get an education before succumbing to pressure Rita refuses to give up and forms a close friendship with Frank who feels invigorated by Rita's enthusiasm and uneducated honesty. The scene in France was filmed in , , and and were also used. 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.
. She so poignantly displays the yearning for self improvement in her character. The project, however, never got off the ground. However, in a scene just before Rita meets Dr. In the second act, Frank needs Rita. And he is hesitant about wanting to teach her because of this.
You got me my first part! It won multiple major awards for best actor and best actress and was nominated for three. It hints that he may finally get his drinking problem under control and thanks to Susan he now has a new hair cut but he is essentially the same person he was at the start of the movie. Rita, as played brilliantly by Julie Walters, is a hairdresser in Liverpool who is looking for more from life than just staying at home with her husband and raising a baby. Caine starred in the 1972 original with Laurence Olivier, and here plays the Olivier role as an older mystery writer confronting a young actor who cuckolded him. At the drop of a hat he'll trot one out. The script also received a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination.
Caine sees Walters as a fresh, honest, unspoiled intelligence. Although this a very British film, with its class distinctions, it is also fairly universal. If not, pass it by. While there is no indication of romance between the two lead characters, the fact that they are from opposing genders, serves as an inducement of interest in one another. Julie Walters wears the masks of tragedy and comedy equally well. Into this life walks Rita. Britain was a place of strikes, of decay, of dashed hopes and dreary days.
Given her personality, and that not many around her are giving her a chance, she is often too defensive to see that Frank is trying to convey his admiration. Frank sees value in Rita, her expressive narure, just the way she is. The Sunday Times Digital Archive. Bryant's domestic turmoil is mirrored by Rita's, as she has opted for college over motherhood, a source of friction between her and her husband. Why slice through such original thinking? There is a lot of talk about Blake this and Wordsworth that. When Caine's professor, at the end of this movie, flies off to Australia to maybe sober up and maybe make a fresh start, it's a total cop-out -- not by him, but by the screenplay. He is good all the way though with this performance, and I though he always stayed realistic and honest, I just wish really his character was subjected to mostly be an entirely reactive character.
Their rapport, as teacher-student I might add, with the capacity of such mature outlooks, is uncannily comforting. Educating Rita is a somewhat enjoyable film about a working class woman Rita Julie Walters who tries to learn about literature with a tutor. He went on to play Palmer in a further two films. So when these two characters from disparate social and economic backgrounds cross paths, new and interesting developments take place in both their lives. But it's not that simple.