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How successful do you think the film of Educating Rita was as an interpretation of the script, particularly in representing setting and character?

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How successful do you think the film of Educating Rita was as an interpretation of the script, particularly in representing setting and character? Educating Rita is a story about a working class woman who wants to become Educated. Both the play script and the film were written and developed by Willy Russell; both are very similar except from slight changes with regards to setting and character. The audience, and therefore the audience interpretation, would also differ. The film script is based on the play script and the development of it. The film script has extra added scenes and more characters, some of which we hear references to in the play script although we don't actually see them. The audience would also differ as a TV or Cinema audience would want to see something for enjoyment and expect variety of character and scene, not to sit there and get a headache over metaphors and such like. Where as a Theatre audience would probably have much higher expectations and so want something to think about and want it to be deep and meaningful, and would easily except a single scene and just the two characters. ...read more.

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This is symbolic because Frank has shown Rita the way and guided her to her goal and given her a decision the one thing she's always wanted. Frank leaves her, and flies off to Australia, and Rita turns and begins to walk down a long airport corridor, because although she has already come along way, her journey is really only just beginning. The play only has two characters, Frank and Rita. This is because the play script is just a Duologue with Frank and Rita telling us about the extra characters and their actions, but the film has a Multi-character cast so we actually see and hear the other characters as well as hear Frank and Rita's conversations about them, behind the characters backs. In the film we see and hear the other characters point of view and what they actually say rather than just hearing what Frank and Rita think about them and their slightly bias variations on what the other characters have said or done. ...read more.

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"It's stupid that bleedin' door handle. You wanna get that fixed." Accents can emphasise class and intelligence, so at first Rita we assume to be of a lower class than Frank and of less intelligence without even being told so. Later on, when Rita meets Trish her accent changes. She attempts to sound posh and with a less region accent .ie. "I know, Frank. I'm terribly sorry. It was unavoidable." She changed because Trish said that it was "not a lot of point discussing beautiful in an ugly voice." But she can't retain her voice showing that she can't retain this false identity and her uniqueness is stronger and still shines through. In conclusion I think that the film was a very successful interpretation of the play. The extra scenes and characters made the story easier to follow so you could concentrate more on what Willy Russell was really trying to say. This was accomplished because Willy Russell wrote the script for the film as well as the play so someone else couldn't misinterpret it and the film said what he wanted it to say. ...read more.

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