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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
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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22 of 24 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By IP TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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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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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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
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
Format: DVD
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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