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Explain the advantages of the film 'Educating Rita' over the play in putting across its message.

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Explain the advantages of the film 'Educating Rita' over the play in putting across its message. There are many advantages in watching the film 'Educating Rita' than watching a production of the play, in getting across its message. The film automatically has advantages over the play. A film can have close ups on the characters a wider range of characters and different settings. Some of these advantages are added scenes. These added scenes are one of the main ways that the film can use other methods to put across its message. It would be inconvenient to have different settings and lots of changes in the play. Therefore the film has an advantage straight away. The author Willy Russell wants to show the journey of two people coming from opposite ends of life. He starts the play where both the characters Rita and Frank are at what you could call dead ends in their life. They are both seeking fulfilment in their lives. By the end of the play both have found ways to open doors in their lives. At the end of the play the reader/viewer is left feeling optimistic that they will both manage to fulfil what they want. The film puts across this message very clearly, of two people who feel trapped with where they are in life. ...read more.


As a viewer of the film you get a more open opinion because you see more of the storyline and not just Rita and frank you see other characters which helps see it from not just one prospective. In the play because its only set around two characters you become very intense and personal with them. You also have a greater understanding for there problems, this is because you only see them talking about it and the viewer sees their opinion and view on everything. As the film shows more you are more likely to make up your own mind and opinions on events that happen in the storyline. As a viewer we know that Rita doesn't want a baby her husband Denny does, this causes a lot of conflict. In the play you have a lot of understanding for Rita and seem to agree with her not wanting a baby but watching the film we see how upset its making Denny and see how its affecting him. This instead of getting the viewer on Denny's side makes the viewer agree more with the message that Rita needs to find herself and that she does need to open more doors to her life apart from having a baby. Added scenes also show more how working class Rita is. When she gets home and Denny is knocking down the wall we get to see the sort of life style she has and how working class she is. ...read more.


Rita's change is shown better in the film to the play because it is easier to change things with quick shots and changes of clothes. We see Rita change physically in clothes and hairstyle she also changes as she becomes more intellectually capable. Methods the film used are more effective than the methods the play used to express that. The film shows what happens to Denny after he's left Rita. We see Denny's new partner who is now pregnant. This helps understand that Denny was just mainly interested in the typical working class ways of getting married young having a baby. However Rita even though she's working class she wanted to find out she was before settling into something like that. She knew that once she has a baby even more options in life would be closed to her. My final thought would be that the effect of a film trying to put across a message is more effective because it's easier to receive and for the viewer is lighter. A film throws visual images at you all the time so your mind doesn't have to work as hard. It can be seen as a better but lighter way of putting across a message. Willy Russell also made the play easy to adapt into a film because the extra scenes are already written just not shown only talked about. Therefore Willy Russell has made 'Educating Rita' a play that can be received well in a film. ...read more.

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