Oscar and Lucinda

Oscar and Lucinda

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Director: Gillian Armstrong

Cast: Gillian Armstrong, Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Ciarán Hinds

     
 
Australian director Gillian Armstrong directed this Laura Jones adaptation of Peter Carey's 1988 Booker Prize-winning novel. In a lengthy flashback, Oscar Hopkins' great grandson (Geoffrey Rush) narrates the family history that led to his birth. On an Australian farm, Lucinda Leplastrier was tutored by her intelligent mother, a woman who took part in the early

Overview

Australian director Gillian Armstrong directed this Laura Jones adaptation of Peter Carey's 1988 Booker Prize-winning novel. In a lengthy flashback, Oscar Hopkins' great grandson (Geoffrey Rush) narrates the family history that led to his birth. On an Australian farm, Lucinda Leplastrier was tutored by her intelligent mother, a woman who took part in the early feminist movement. Oscar's lonely boyhood in rural England was under the watchful eye of his preacher father. At Oxford to train as a minister, the adult Oscar (Ralph Fiennes) feels he doesn't fit in and develops a passion for gambling, giving his winnings away to the poor. Oscar and Lucinda (Cate Blanchett) meet aboard a ship; he's off to the outback to work as a missionary, and she's returning from London after buying equipment for her glass factory. As mutual misfits, they have an instant attraction and quickly grow close, developing a romantic relationship based on trust. However, the Rev. Dennis Hasset (Ciarán Hinds) and Lucinda are friends, sharing an interest in glass. Convinced they are in love, Oscar embarks on an unusual and difficult task, building a glass church for the reverend, an ambitious project to attempt in the remote wilderness.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This luminous literary adaptation stays just the right side of precious and pretentious in tracing the love between two unlikely gamblers, one a proto-feminist heiress who seems determined to squander both fortune and reputation, the other a sheltered Anglican minister who sees proof of God's handiwork in the constellation of his poker cards. Although it starts out like a cross between a Jane Austen comedy and a Thomas Hardy parable, Oscar and Lucinda eventually veers closer to Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness as its protagonists' flirtation with chance escalates into a wager as fraught with symbolism as it is with danger; religious philosophy is part of this film's very fiber, adding richness and depth to a gloriously unlikely plot. Ralph Fiennes is all red hair, sharp angles, and social ineptness as Oscar Hopkins, the motherless youth who rejects his father's Christian asceticism in favor of predestination and life in the casinos. As the convention-despising Lucinda, Cate Blanchett, in an early feature role, displays both the steely determination and the physical subtlety that would make her a star with Elizabeth the following year. It's really director Gillian Armstrong's show, though, and she navigates the novel's complexities with economy and visual flair, aided in no small part by Laura Jones' well-structured screenplay and cinematographer Geoffrey Simpson's ravishing images of landscapes both lush and bleak. A film this singular is bound to annoy lovers of convention, but those willing to follow Armstrong and her collaborators out on a limb will find their trust amply rewarded.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2005
UPC:
0024543130864
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:12:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ralph Fiennes Oscar Hopkins
Cate Blanchett Lucinda Leplastrier
Ciarán Hinds Rev. Dennis Hasset
Tom Wilkinson Hugh Stratton
Richard Roxburgh Mr. Jeffris
Clive Russell Theophilus
Billie Brown Percy Smith
Josephine Byrnes Miriam Chadwick
Barnaby Kay Wardley-Fish
Barry Otto Jimmy D'Abbs
Linda Basssett Betty Stratton
Geoffrey Rush Narrator

Technical Credits
Gillian Armstrong Director
Luciana Arrighi Production Designer
Alison Barrett Casting
Nicholas Beauman Editor
Russell Boyd Camera Operator
Sally Campbell Set Decoration/Design
Robin Dalton Producer
Mark Egerton Asst. Director
Paul Ghiradani Art Director
Laura Jones Screenwriter
Kathleen Mackie Casting
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Tom Nursey Art Director
Ben Osmo Sound/Sound Designer
Janet Patterson Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Plain Sound/Sound Designer
John Ralph Art Director
Geoffrey Simpson Cinematographer
Mark Turnbull Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Timothy White Producer
John Wingrove Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles/Prologue [2:47]
2. Prince Rupert's Drop [2:47]
3. God's Will [:46]
4. Pathological Gambler [6:09]
5. A Life in Glass [:45]
6. Fast Company [5:42]
7. Penance [:35]
8. Where is the Sin? [5:24]
9. Irony [:12]
10. Outcasts [6:01]
11. A Pact [2:02]
12. The Glass Church [4:27]
13. Oscar and Lucinda [4:12]
14. Expedition [2:40]
15. Native Encounter [6:05]
16. Churchon a Raft [:39]
17. Seduction [5:52]
18. Forgive Me [1:42]
19. Oscar's Legacy [6:10]
20. End Titles [2:10]

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