Oscar and Lucinda (film)

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Oscar and Lucinda
Oscar and Lucinda Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gillian Armstrong
Produced by Robin Dalton
Timothy White
Mark Turnbull
Screenplay by Laura Jones
Based on The novel
by Peter Carey
Starring Ralph Fiennes
Cate Blanchett
Narrated by Geoffrey Rush
Music by Thomas Newman
Cinematography Geoffrey Simpson
Edited by Nicholas Beaumon
Production
company
AFFC
Dalton Films
Meridian Films
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release dates 31 December 1997
Running time 132 minutes
Country United States
Australia
United Kingdom
Language English
French
Budget A$16 million
Box office $4,953,510[1]

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.[2] In March 1998, the film was nominated at the Academy Awards for the Best Costume Design.

Plot[edit]

As a child living in Australia, Lucinda Leplastrier is given a Prince Rupert's Drop which sparks a lifelong obsession with glass.

After both her parents die she is left a wealthy heiress after her guardians sell off the vast farmland she lived on with her parents. She buys a glass factory with her money and takes to gambling after her accountant introduces her to it.

Meanwhile a young Oscar is being raised as a Plymouth Brethren by his father but after receiving a sign from God he decides to join the Anglican faith. While studying he is introduced to gambling and becomes massively successful, using his winnings to fund his studies and giving the rest to the poor. He earns a scholarship to study in New South Wales. On the boat over he meets Lucinda and hears her confess to gambling which he denies is a sin. They play cards together until Oscar becomes panicked at the sight of a storm.

In New South Wales Oscar loses his scholarship after he is unable to stop gambling. He goes to live with Lucinda who allows him to work in her glass factory. Inspired by a model of a glass church she shows him he asks her to make a real life replica to send to their mutual friend the Revered Dennis Hasset, betting that he can deliver it by Good Friday. Lucinda decides that they will each bet their inheritance.

Because he fears water, Oscar takes the church over land in an expedition led by Mr. Jeffries. He witnesses Jeffries murdering and raping Indigenous Australians and eventually murders him in self-defence after Jeffries attacks him.

He is successful in delivering the church. Weakened upon arrival, he is left in the care of a woman named Miriam Chadwick, who rapes him. Fearing that he will have to marry Miriam, and in love with Lucinda, Oscar enters the glass church to pray. He falls asleep and is drowned inside when the church, which had been resting on a barge in the water, sinks.

As Miriam is pregnant with Oscar's child, Hasset burns the papers confirming the wager, not wanting Lucinda's money to be inherited by her. She dies shortly after her son, Oscar, is born and the child is raised by Lucinda.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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.[3]

Filming[edit]

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.[4]

Music[edit]

The soundtrack to Oscar and Lucinda was released by CBS Masterworks Records on 9 December 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 9–30 June 1997.[5][6]

Oscar and Lucinda: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Film score by Thomas Newman
Released 9 December 1997 (1997-12-09)
Recorded 1997
Genre Contemporary classical
Length 55:26
Label CBS Masterworks Records
Producer Thomas Newman, Bill Bernstein

All music composed by Thomas Newman.

No. Title Length
1. "Prince Rupert's Drop"   02:37
2. "Throwing Lots"   00:48
3. "Dutch Hazards"   00:50
4. "Sydney Harbor"   01:57
5. "Rumors"   01:26
6. "The High Downs And The Sea"   01:52
7. "Forgive Me"   01:02
8. "Bruckner: On Justi"   04:39
9. "Six Rivers To Cross"   01:14
10. "Two Gambers"   02:22
11. "The Murder Of The Blacks"   01:42
12. "Never Never"   01:16
13. "Floorwashing"   00:40
14. "Cards And Dogs"   01:02
15. "One Obsessive"   01:09
16. "The Church Of Glass"   03:50
17. "Letters On The mantel"   01:25
18. "Odd Bod"   01:05
19. "Prayer Wounds"   02:11
20. "Leviathan"   01:08
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
26. "Aqua"   04:10
27. "The Caul"   01:22
28. "Oscar And Lucinda"   02:49
29. "Excerpt From The Random House Audio book"   05:10
Total length:
55:26

Release[edit]

Box office[edit]

Oscar and Lucinda grossed $1,768,946 at the box office in Australia,[7] which is equivalent to $2,458,835 in 2009 dollars. The film grossed $4,953,510 between USA, Australia, UK and Germany.[8]

Awards[edit]

Group Award Recipients Result
70th Academy Awards Academy Award for Best Costume Design Janet Patterson Nominated
AACTA Awards Best Achievement in Cinematography Geoffrey Simpson Won
Best Achievement in Costume Design Janet Patterson Won
Best Achievement in Production Design Luciana Arrighi Won
Best Achievement in Sound Andrew Plain
Gethin Creagh
Ben Osmo
Won
Best Original Music Score Thomas Newman Won
Best Actress Cate Blanchett Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Laura Jones Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Actress Cate Blanchett Nominated
San Diego Film Festival Best Cinematography Geoffrey Simpson Won
Motion Picture Sound Editors Best Sound Editing Thomas Newman Nominated
Australian Screen Sound Guild Best Achievement in Dialogue Editing for a Feature Film Libby Villa
Wayne Pashley
Won
Best Achievement in Mixing for a Feature Film Gethin Creagh
Martin Oswin
Won
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Cinematography Geoffrey Simpson Won
Best Actress Cate Blanchett Nominated
Best Music Score Thomas Newman Nominated

Awards shown here are those detailed by the Internet Movie Database.[9]

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