Fellow film club members and movie buffs–the month of July, our dark month, is over, and it is time to get back to our passion; viewing movies and discussing them. Join us this next Friday, August 5, 2011 at 924 Broadway to watch EDUCATING RITA (1983).

It was directed by Lewis Gilbert, a talented British director who has given us 41 films to enjoy since 1944. He started out doing documentaries, and started doing feature films in  1948. Some of his films you might enjoy include THE SEA SHALL NOT HAVE THEM (1954), SINK THE BISMARK! (1960), H.M.S. DEFIANT (1962), ALFIE (1966), YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967), THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977), and SHIRLEY VALENTINE (1989). 

EDUCATING RITA was based on a successful play by Willy Russell. The play on which the film was based only featured Frank and Rita and was set entirely in Frank’s office. The other characters in the film are only mentioned in the play.

Julie Walters played Rita in the original stage production.


Directed by Lewis Gilbert @ 110 minutes.

The film stars Michael Caine, Julie Walters, and Michael Williams.

Synopsis: Frank Bryant is a bored English professor, who is an unsuccessful poet, has a failed marriage, and drinks too much. Rita, a young hairdresser, enters his life like a breath of fresh air. While tutoring her to complete her education, he begins to rekindle his passion for living, and care about something again.

Michael Caine and Julie Walters were nominated for Oscars, and won Golden Globes, and BAFTAs for these roles.

Tagline: Sometimes students end up being the best teachers.

Dr. Frank Bryant: Good God no. That would involve making a decision. Pissed is all right. To get the sack, it would have to be rape on a grand scale. And not just with students, either. That would only amount to a slight misdemeanour. No, for dismissal it would have to be nothing less than buggering the Bursar.

Roger Ebert wrote: “Educating Rita” does work, and the credit goes to Michael Caine, who plays a man weary and kind, funny and self-hating.”

So join us this Friday, August 5, 2011 to see this interesting update of Shaw’s PYGMALION, at 924 Broadway, in the Pythian Temple, street level, across from the Theater on the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District. Look for our large club banner over the front door. For those who crave socialization, come early and visit with the other folks who show up to visit and share a meal. The Phantom Director and Farishta will prepare a meal for us, and it will be served at 6:15 p.m. We will continue with the Club Raffle for those who want to participate; one dollar a ticket, with the winners receiving either 40% of the collected revenue, or a great DVD from my personal  collection. EDUCATING RITA (1983) will screen at 7:15 p.m. and it runs 110 minutes, so the film should be over before 9:30 p.m. See you at the movies!



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