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Happy Fortieth Anniversary, “Educating Rita!”

Forty years ago today, Educating Rita, possessing two of the most astonishing performances in all of film, was released.

The play turned film is a story about university lecturer Frank who agrees to tutor an Open University student. His new student, Rita, is a feisty down to earth hairdresser who wants to expand her horizons and get an education. However, her husband Denny and her family have limited hopes for her, coaxing her into having a baby and settling down for good.

Rita and Frank have a special connection and learn a lot from each other. Frank starts to question himself and tries to get out of his funk. Whereas Rita challenges the standards and attitudes of the university and starts to believe in herself.

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