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.

Starring:
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By IP on 27 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
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The beauty, the depth, and the mystery of this film are unsurpassable - what Kubrick was doing with light is just a miracle. Special lenses were designed to shoot interiors and exteriors in natural light. In one scene Barry (Ryan O'Neil) was having a dinner with a German woman who was feeding her baby and the candle light made the whole scene look like a Caravaggio's painting. This is just one of many scenes. Each of them is perfection and harmony. Costumes and sets were crafted in the era's design. Age of Enlightenment with its gallantry, wars, and duels, had been recreated in the film with the precision of the celebrated landscape and portrait masters of the period such as Thomas Gainsborough; Sir Joshua Reynolds, founder of the Royal Academy of Arts; George Romney to name just a few. If nothing else, watching BL is pure aesthetic delight - and there is one man who responsible for it, Stanley Kubrick. If ever divine film was made, "Barry Lyndon" was it and Kubrick could've quoted the Bible - "God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good".

I've read the comments and articles that call "Barry Lyndon" cold, slow, boring, "the collection of pretty pictures', "flawed" masterpiece, and the most ridiculous one, "glittering ornament with a hollow center". I simply can't understand it. "Barry Lyndon" is the most compelling and compassionate realization of the inevitable finality of everything in this world which was presented by the visionary director with elegant sensual melancholy.
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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
Format: DVD
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
Format: VHS Tape
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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By Ken Raus VINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Thackerays Hi-Story and Kubricks choice of stunning classical music and his stunning photokinography and excellent cast make this one of the best films ever made where once again we see that the film maker is dependant on these two primary elements,the plot and its characters and the lyricism of music that describes the situational emotions where the actors cannot and that his photographic theatre does follow that writers contemporary imagination-What this tells us about Kubrick and his greatness as a film maker is that he had the humility to recognise those very essential elements as virtual partners in his extraordinary film that transcends its fictional medium because of their essential integration into the substance of the film where the speechless melodies complement the sets and landscapes so well...I never forgot seeing this when it first came out and it can begin a taste for the featured komponists that never leaves one or reignite one that has left one and the folk music is completely apt and the film,very rightly,depicts linguistic integrity-O'Neals accent has perhaps been faulted but it's good enough and his performance is superb,excellent...The film depicts some of the most effective emotional scenes I have ever seen in any film and the underplaying of the players,If that it be,makes for just that contrast that sharpens them...I believe Thackeray would love this version whatever quibbles he might imagineably have as any reader might of any filmy book but no true cineaste should miss this badly underrated masterpiece...It is an epic,See it,Sooner rather than later,Whether buy,Rent or borrow.
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