Oscar and Lucinda (film)
|Oscar and Lucinda|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gillian Armstrong|
|Produced by||Robin Dalton
|Screenplay by||Laura Jones|
|Based on||The novel
by Peter Carey
|Narrated by||Geoffrey Rush|
|Music by||Thomas Newman|
|Editing by||Nicholas Beaumon|
|Distributed by||Fox Searchlight Pictures|
|Release dates||31 December 1997|
|Running time||132 minutes|
Oscar and Lucinda is a 1997 romantic drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong and starring Cate Blanchett, Ralph Fiennes, Ciarán Hinds and Tom Wilkinson. It is based on the 1988 Booker Prize-winning novel Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey. In March 1998, the film was nominated at the Academy Awards for the Best Costume Design.
In mid-1800s England, Oscar Hopkins (Ralph Fiennes) is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Plymouth Brethren family, he felt God told him through a sign to leave his father and his faith and join the Church of England. Lucinda Leplastrier (Cate Blanchett) is a teenage Australian heiress who has an almost desperate desire to liberate her sex from the confines of the male-dominated culture of Australia at that time. She buys a glass factory and has a dream of building a church made almost entirely of glass, and then transporting it to the Australian Outback. Oscar and Lucinda meet on a ship going to Australia; once there, they are for different reasons ostracized from society, and as a result "join forces" together. Oscar and Lucinda are both passionate gamblers, and Lucinda bets Oscar her entire inheritance that he cannot transport the glass church to the Outback safely. Oscar accepts her wager, and this leads to the events that will change both their lives forever.
- Ralph Fiennes as Oscar Hopkins
- Cate Blanchett as Lucinda Leplastrier
- Ciaran Hinds as Reverend Dennis Hasset
- Tom Wilkinson as Hugh Stratton
- Richard Roxburgh as Mr. Jeffries
- Clive Russell as Theophilius
- Bille Brown as Percy Smith
- Josephine Byrnes as Miriam Chadwick
- Barnaby Kay as Wardley-Fish
- Barry Otto as Jimmy D'Abbs
- Linda Bassett as Betty Stratton
- Peter Whitford as Mr Ahearn
- Geoffrey Rush as Narrator
Gillian Armstrong had long wanted to film Peter Carey's novel but the rights were originally bought for John Schlesinger. However after several years they could not come up with a script anyone was happy with; Schlesinger dropped out, Armstrong became involved and she brought in Laura Jones.
Filming took place in Sydney (as well in the Sydney suburbs of Glebe and Randwick) and all around the New South Wales. Scenes were also filmed in Hobart, Tasmania, and some others in Cornwall, south-west England.
The soundtrack to Oscar and Lucinda was released by CBS Masterworks Records on December 9, 1997 in Australia and the United States, it was recorded by Thomas Newman and the Bruckner Orchestra. The soundtrack was completely recorded at Paramount Scoring Stage and at The Village Recorder, in Los Angeles, California on June 9–30, 1997.
|Oscar and Lucinda: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Film score by Thomas Newman|
|Released||December 9, 1997|
|Label||CBS Masterworks Records|
|Producer||Thomas Newman, Bill Bernstein|
All music composed by Thomas Newman.
|1.||"Prince Rupert's Drop"||02:37|
|6.||"The High Downs And The Sea"||01:52|
|8.||"Bruckner: On Justi"||04:39|
|9.||"Six Rivers To Cross"||01:14|
|11.||"The Murder Of The Blacks"||01:42|
|14.||"Cards And Dogs"||01:02|
|16.||"The Church Of Glass"||03:50|
|17.||"Letters On The mantel"||01:25|
|21.||"Magic Boxes (White Man's Dreaming)"||01:49|
|22.||"The Other Compulsive"||01:02|
|23.||"A Broken Thing"||00:59|
|24.||"The Seduction Of Mrs. Chadwick"||02:31|
|25.||"Wesley: Blessed Be The God And Father"||01:19|
|28.||"Oscar And Lucinda"||02:49|
|29.||"Excerpt From The Random House Audio book"||05:10|
- "Oscar and Lucinda (1997)". IMDb. Amazon.com. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
- (September 4, 1998). "Interview with Gillian Armstrong". Signis.net. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
- "Film Victoria – Australian Films at the Australian Box Office". Retrieved August 23, 2013.
- Oscar and Lucinda at the Internet Movie Database
- Oscar and Lucinda at allmovie
- Oscar and Lucinda at Rotten Tomatoes
- Oscar and Lucinda at Box Office Mojo