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5.0 out of 5 stars
Kubrick's Masterpiece, 2 Oct 2002
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.