Barry Lyndon 1975

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An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's position in 18th Century aristocracy.

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Patrick Magee,Andre Morrell
Runtime:
2 hours, 57 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Stanley Kubrick
Starring Patrick Magee, Andre Morrell
Supporting actors Gay Hamilton, Marisa Berenson, Ryan O'Neal, Leonard Rossiter, Philip Stone, Hardy Kruger, Steven Berkoff
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. G. Nicholson on 18 Oct. 2001
Format: DVD
It really annoys me when critics say Kubrick was cold and inhuman in the treatment of his characters.This film made after the infamous Clockwork Orange has heart rending scenes of human frailty and oppertunism gone wrong. The tale of an eighteenth century irish rouge and his often inept efforts at social advancement This makes a change from recent costume dramas being that it is told from a male perspective and his journey into becoming a social chameleon, which ultimatley ends in tragedy.
There is as always in Kubrick films faultless detail and slow deleberate camera movements and of course the ground breaking cinemaphotography wich use's natural light. Kubrick's great unmade Napoleon was to be made the year before which was scuppered by the release of Waterloo and you can get a hint of what he would have done in the Napolionic battle scenes here. In my opinion his most moving film with great performances and unforgettable music. By the way will someone please release the soundtrack.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2001
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Ryan O Neal stars in the title role of this historical epic about the adventures of a gentlemanly rogue travelling the battlefields and parlours of 18th century Europe. Determined to make for himself the life of a nobleman through seduction, gambling and duelling in this methodical film showing the rhythm and life of the period. Director Stanley Kubrick brings his usual eye for detail to this underrated drama, which boasts some very spectacular locations and great cinematography by John Alcott who won an Oscar for his work.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Nov. 2001
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Barry Lyndon is a magnificent, sweeping epic. Tracing an Irish adventurers progress across 18th century Europe, it is a roller coaster ride, full of action. Ryan O'Neal plays the "hero" who (depending on your perspective) could be described as a loveable rougue, or something far less polite! The film charts his journey to greatness, his inability to control himself, and his inevitable fall from glory.
The costumes, settings and atmosphere created by the movie are superb, as is the classical soundtrack. It is far more exciting then most costume dramas screened on terrestrial tv. It is a long film, but it is an astonishingly beautiful and haunting masterpiece by the late, great Stanley Kubrick.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun. 2004
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Barry Lyndon is a haunting tale woven beautifully into a rich and almost static and slow moving tapestry. Some critics famously argue about the coldness of Kubric's characters in his work but here in lies the secret to the success of the film. Emotion is something that is hard not to create, there is more than enough emotion in the visuals and score for the audience. The amazing use of music again by the director enhances the visual feast to the point of over indulgence and I feel that the theme of the film is about beauty and indulgence.
Although not rated as highly as Full Metal Jacket or The Shining I really liked this film. The choice of cast for the film is top class with each character the personification his or her role.
Who could not admire the scene when Barry walks out to meet Lady Lyndon, the beauty of that scene alone is worth watching the film Barry Lyndon. Watch this film and you treat yourself.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan. 2004
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This is, quite simply, the best-photographed and best-lit film in cinema history. Every lover of sumptuous imagery and visual beauty should see this film once - and seen once, you will keep coming back to it. Kubrick, always a bold and innovative director, has produced in Barry Lyndon one of the most severely under-rated films of the past 30 years. If you only ever see one more film - make it this !
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. TSIMBOUKIS on 14 July 2002
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See it ! I have read the book and the movie does justice to that
great man of letters William Makepeace Thackerey. Only there is
no peace and even death seems like luxury in this war torn lanscape where anything goes and where Barry is God a man of no morals and no religion whatsoever.The fall of the old aristocracy and the rise of a problematic middle class where money is the only measure of power and the only cultural, social and political value, where opportunism reigns supreme like inside a Hogarth painting leaves the spectator with a taste of
bitterness like a black morning coffee heralding the futility
of the Age of Enlightment, Voltaire and the Great Encyclopedia.
Excellent !
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. haworth on 1 Nov. 2005
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Surley one of the the finest films ever to grace our screens. Kubrick's Barry Lyndon remains absolutely timeless, the cinematography is nothing but beautiful, the lighting and "framing" of shots is incredible, and one never tires of repeated viewings. In fact the experience becomes richer with time and it is with time that you savour the storyline, one that doesn't leap and bound like some latter day cartoon cinema, but exudes depth and absorbs the viewer. The peerless cast excel in their performances exuding rare and appreciable class that draws the viewer further into a difficult to manage period drama. Kubrick unravels this wonderful tapestry before your eyes with the finesse of an Old Master, a true Master of celluloid.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ross Nicol on 2 Oct. 2002
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A film which has for a very long time been considered the weakest link in the Kubrick canon, 'Barry Lyndon' is an absolute masterpiece of film-making which improves with every subsequent viewing. This was Kubrick's first flop both critically and commercially when released, partly due to its' incredible cost (Every penny of which is right up there on the screen) and the fact that it was a three hour costume drama made in a decade when such films sat uneasily with the more personal and radical cinema coming from America. To be fair, 'Barry Lyndon' is not the easiest film to like upon it's first viewing. The first time I seen it I hated every minute of it, finding Kubrick's deliberate pacing and meticulous compositions sophomoric. However, over the years my interest in Kubrick intensified and I decided to give the film another try. My top ten list of films changes with my moods, but 'Barry Lyndon' remains a constant fixture. Great direction, great soundtrack and the most wonderful cinematography ever (Kubrick famously shot everything by candelight). A beatiful film which is slowly but surely getting the attention it deserves.
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