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Barry Lyndon 1975

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

Starring:
Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson
Runtime:
2 hours, 57 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Stanley Kubrick
Starring Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson
Supporting actors Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger, Steven Berkoff, Gay Hamilton, Marie Kean, Diana Körner, Murray Melvin, Frank Middlemass, André Morell, Arthur O'Sullivan, Godfrey Quigley, Leonard Rossiter, Philip Stone, Leon Vitali, John Bindon, Roger Booth, Billy Boyle, Jonathan Cecil
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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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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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jan. 2016
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A strange tale of a society that was both ossified and willing to tolerate the newcomer. The film portrays the journey of a young Irishman operating as the Good Soldier Sjvek or Simple Simplissimus as he rode between the armies after his forced exile. The film begins with his relationship with his cousin and his journey into becoming wiser as he leaves his home. Within the backdrop the Seven Years War plays out in the Age of Empires. However our hero moves between the major forces to carve out a role as emissary before plying his wit and engaging in a form of monetary revenge with his erstwhile class foes.

The film is a historical romp, but without any sense of glory, depicting the great game as a way of survival. Soldiers being press ganged and marched into certain death for the Royal Households to gain more subjects - there is nothing glorious about war. The trajectory for each and every player in the game is to marry well. Love and lust were two cards played to the chest, along with power, domination and snobbery. The film explores them all and this story is European in its lack of sentiment or playing to the gallery.

So much for the story.

The way it is filmed, composed, lit and acted however is magnificent. The attention to detail throughout is staggering and brings home both the sumptuousness of an era when the Empire was expanding in all directions. The aristocracy were building temples to their new found wealth and filling it with art, furniture, oriental carpets and ornate views built for them by Capability Brown. Here the viewer is provided with a visual excess, which is never overplayed, but emanates with full effect of both the English countryside to the decadence of a bourgeois lifestyle.
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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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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 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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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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