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With ornate imagery reminiscent of paintings from the story's 18th century period, Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel depicts the rise and fall of a sensitive rogue in the British aristocracy. Young Irishman Redmond Barry (Ryan O'Neal) leaves home to seek his fortune after apparently killing an English officer in a duel. Through a series of mishaps and accidents, Barry winds up fighting with the Prussian army in the Seven Years' War under the command of Capt. Potzdorf (Hardy Kruger); at war's end, Potzdorf enlists Barry to spy on a shady Chevalier (Patrick Magee). Instead, Barry joins up with the Irish Chevalier to flee Prussia and live as gamblers among Europe's elite. Wishing to climb even higher, Barry soon meets the beautiful Lady Lyndon (Marisa Berenson), marrying her for her fortune after her older titled husband dies. Her son Lord Bullingdon (Leon Vitali), however, despises the upstart Barry, and, regardless of how his mother may feel, sees to it that the re-named Barry Lyndon will never be able to stake his claim to the entrenched aristocracy. Coming after Kubrick's esteemed hits 2001 (1968) and A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon opened with high expectations and met with decidedly mixed responses to its restrained tone. Even with Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Director (and wins for Cinematography, Art Direction, Costumes, and Adapted Score), Barry Lyndon was a box office failure, as mid-'70s audiences increasingly turned away from such narrative challenges as its epic length and muffled emotions. Since then, Barry Lyndon has gained in stature, taking its place among the formidable artistic achievements of Kubrick's career.~ Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide

Starring:
Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson
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Runtime 2 hours 57 minutes
Starring Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Steven Berkoff, Hardy Kruger, Leonard Rossiter, Patrick Magee, Gay Hamilton, Andre Morrell, Philip Stone
Director Stanley Kubrick
Genres Drama
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 10 September 2001
Main languages English
Dubbing French
Subtitles Arabic, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, French, English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. G. Nicholson on 18 Oct. 2001
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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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