USA: RALPH FIENNES CO-STARS WITH CATE BLANCHETT IN AUSTRALIAN DIRECTOR GILLIAN ARMSTRONG'S ADAPTATION OF "OSCAR AND LUCINDA"Record ID: 387388
- Title: USA: RALPH FIENNES CO-STARS WITH CATE BLANCHETT IN AUSTRALIAN DIRECTOR GILLIAN ARMSTRONG'S ADAPTATION OF "OSCAR AND LUCINDA"
- Date: 11th December 1997
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (RECENT) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) ARMSTRONG SAYING, "WELL, I THINK THERE ACTUALLY IS, THERE IS A SUBTEXT IN THE STORY ABOUT AUSTRALIA AS A NEW LAND AND AS LUCINDA'S CHARACTER REALLY REPRESENTING THE NEW PERSON THAT'S COME FROM A LESS RESTRICTIVE WORLD THAT IS MORE OPEN I SUPPOSE BOTH EMOTIONALLY AND INTELECTUALLY. SO YES OUR LITTLE NARROW ENGLISHMAN CAME TO AUSTRALIA AND WE CERTAINLY SHAKE HIM UP." (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) FIENNES SAYING OF AUSTRALIA, "THAT IT WAS AMAZING, BECAUSE IT WAS VERY BEAUTIFUL THERE AND IT DID FEEL LIKE SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY. THERE'S ALSO THE ADDED, IT'S NOT JUST EXTRAORDINARY BECAUSE IT WAS AN IMAGE YOU WERE CREATING FROM A BOOK BUT ACTUALLY BEING THERE IN AUSTRALIA IN THIS CIRCUMSTANCE WITH OTHER PEOPLE WAS EXTRAORDINARY." (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) ARMSTRONG SAYING OF LUCINDA, "THAT WELL SHE'S A FICTIONAL CHARACTER BUT I THINK THAT SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN DEFINITELY LIKE MANY YOUNG WOMEN IN AUSTRALIA AND MANY YOUNG WOMEN IN AMERICA IN THE VICTORIAN ERA. THEY WERE STARTING TO BE A LITTLE BIT MORE OUTSPOKEN AND A LITTLE BIT MORE OPEN AND OF COURSE AT THE SAME TIME SHE'S A MISFIT, SHE DOESN'T QUITE REALISE HOW TO BEHAVE LIKE A LADY."
- Reuters ID: LVADP6UIO5BJ9GQZ4YATCWFXWLK9
- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA AND NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES AND VARIOUS FILM lOCATIONS
- Country: USA
- Duration: 00:01:08
- Story Text: - Australian director Gillian Armstrong's latest offering "Oscar and Lucinda" has premiered in the United States.
The film was the third most popular limited release movie playing in New York and Los Angeles during its first outing over the weekend.
Faithfully adapted from Peter Carey's 1988 Booker Prize-winning novel, "Oscar and Lucinda" stars Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett.
The actors play two eccentric dreamers and gamblers enmeshed in a Victorian-era romance.
Oscar is a deeply religious man with an obsessive talent for gambling. Lucinda is a wealthy heiress with a particular fondness for poker games.
Set in England and several regions of the Australian continent, "Oscar and Lucinda" is told in one long flashback from the point of view of Oscar's great grandson, who recounts the events leading to his birth.
The first part of the film depicts Oscar and Lucinda's respective childhoods. It cuts between Oscar's lonely boyhood in rural England, where he's raised by a severe precher father and Lucinda's education on an Australian farm, tutored by a strong, intelligent mother who was actively involved in the early feminist movement.
The film continues when the mature Oscar goes to Oxford to train as a minister, where he realizes once again he doesn't fit in. Lonely and repressed, he meets a fellow named Wardley-Fish (played by Barnaby Kay) who introduces him to horse-betting, with which he is instantly taken.
Oscar's fateful meeting with Lucinda takes place on board a ship, when he decides to become a missionary in the Australian outback. Lucinda is returning from London after acquiring the latest machinery for her glass factory.
A bond develops between them, one that's based on trust and is intimately romantic.
As their unusual relationship centres on games of chancer, bets and wagering, it inevitably leads to gossip, scandal and controversy.
Lucinda's friendship with the Reverend Dennis Hasset (Ciaran Hinds), a man who shares her interest in glass, results in his exile to a remote community in New South Wales.
Convinced that Lucinda is in love with Hasset, Oscar determines to build a glass church -- a metaphor for their scintillating yet tenuous love -- and transport it to the Reverend.
Gillian Armstrong directed Laura Jones' adaptation of the novel. While Armstrong's recent work includes the studio films "How to Make an American Quilt," and "Little Women," she is best known for her work in her native land; "My Brilliant Career," "High Tide," and "The Last Days of Chez Nous". Those films, like "Oscar and Lucinda," all feature young, independent women who go against the traditional social grain to fulfill their creative and personal dreams.
Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush provides the voice for the narrator who is heard throughout the film, recounting his great-grandfather's life.
Tom Wilkinson, seen most recently as "The Full Monty's" middle-class stripper, plays Hugh Stratton, the young Oscar's religious yet understanding mentor.
"Oscar and Lucinda" was shot entirely on location in England and Australia.
It opens in Britain in March.
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