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Lewis Gilbert

Enormously saddened to hear of the death of Lewis Gilbert.   Also highly conscious of what a great career and a great life Lewis had.   We had some fair old ding-dongs when we worked together but, artistic tussles aside, my abiding memory is of a warm, generous and charming man - one whose affable disposition and easy going manner sometimes belied his great skill, wealth of experience and deep knowledge of all aspects of the film business. 

 Lewis and Hylda were a fabulous couple and I still cherish the times we spent with them, both here and in France when myself, Annie and our (then) very young family enjoyed their marvellous hospitality and benefitted from their combined wisdom.

 

RIP  Lewis

 

Willy Russell

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dvdEducating Rita
Carlton Visual
Entertainment Ltd.
Cat No: 3711504993 - DVD


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Educating Rita: The Play...

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Educating Rita...

The Film

Commissioned by Columbia and produced and directed by Lewis Gilbert for Acorn Pictures. Educating Rita was released in 1983.
The Screenplay

When adapting successful stage play for the cinema, the writer and the director always have to face the question of how much to 'open up' the material without compromising the original. In adapting the hit comedy-drama Educating Rita for the big screen, director Lewis Gilbert and writer Willy Russell had a bigger hurdle than usual to jump here, for not only was the play set in just one room, it was also a two-hander!

Educating Rita: The Screenplay...
 
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