Hilary and Jackie

Synopsis: British sisters Hilary du Pré and Jacqueline du Pré are both talented musicians, Hilary a flautist, Jackie a cellist. With regard to their musical prowess, they have always had a friendly competitive nature with each other, fueled in large part by the want of their pianist mother, Iris, for them to achieve musical greatness. But underlying this friendliness is a deep desire to be truly better than the other. Despite or perhaps in part because of her flamboyant performance style, the younger Jackie emerges from the shadows of older Hilary's more triumphant childhood successes to become the renowned musician in the family. Although both continue with their music and both end up marrying (Hilary to Kiffer Finzi, and Jackie to pianist Daniel Barenboim), Hilary focuses on her home life, whereas Jackie focuses on her career. A seemingly odd request by Jackie to Hilary is later understood, but Hilary's agreement to that request demonstrates the true nature of their loving but unusual sisterly
Director(s): Anand Tucker
Production: October Films
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 22 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

what you can do.

An hour today,

and then

see how it goes.



Well, now,

this is nice.


Try that... that lifting,

that upbeat

before the 3 quavers

with an up bow.

Like... like so.

I like him.

He's my cello daddy.

I want to come every day.

Can I come every day?

Do you mind?

We shall have

to get a car.


That's it.

She's ready.

Mrs. Du Pr,

what do you think

of a debut recital

at the Wigmore Hall?


I've spoken

to Ibbs and Tillet...

they'll handle the publicity

and the tickets...

and to Ernest Lush.

He'll accompany her

on the piano.


She's playing flat.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I'm afraid that my "a" string

has come loose,

and I'm going to have

to re string my cello

and start again.

Well, at least

it wasn't my "g" string.

I do wish she'd keep

that head still.

Looks so flamboyant,

all that hair flying

about the place.

Oh. There she is.

They want me to play

at a wedding in Italy.

It's a princess' wedding.

You will come, won't you?

I'd be terrify ed alone.


You were wonderful.

Oh, thank you.

Um, excuse me, everyone.

Attention, please.

Thank you.

Jackie's debut

went very well.

I'm sure you would agree.

And to mark the occasion,

a very generous friend

who wishes

to remain anonymous...

has offered her this.

It's one of the finest

cellos ever made.

It's called the Davidov.

The magic

is in the varnish.

So you must

keep it away

from the extremes

of temperature.

Another problem

is the insurance.

So don't let it

get out of your sight.

It will give you

the world, Jackie.

You must give it


Fratello Othello.



Spaghetti Fra Gola.

Si. Fra Gola.



Uffici de ponte.


Uffici de Firenze.



Ah, Capri


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