I believe this is the last of Stanley Kubrick's great films. Everyone comments on the incredible cinematography , attention to detail , scenes using only natural light, and the soundtrack. These are all outstanding. However the story of Barry Lyndon's rise and fall is also excellent entertainment . With a plot that is full of twists and turns bookended by two tension filled duels. The acting is excellent , even Ryan O'Neal,who I previously dismissed as a lightweight , is more than competent here. The one minor flaw is the switching back and forth between English, French, and German. Kubrick, usually a stickler for detail drops the ball on this one. Why not have the characters speak in the native tongues the movie is set in and use subtitles.
Watching this movie is similar to walking thru the finest art museums of Europe. Every frame will seem hauntingly familiar, as though you had seen a painting, somewhere, that reminded you of what you are now viewing. Without a doubt, this is the most wonderful cinematography ever made. In truth, the story line is secondary to the primary purpose--to show off the art of composition, lighting, framing, design, and all the other elements of the visual arts. Kubrik's deep knowledge of 18th and 19th century painting and of that era's music combine to form a visual and aural delight. In addition, fans of character development, of costuming, and of period pieces will not be disappointed.
Essentially, "Barry Lyndon" is most beautiful film ever made. Ridley Scott's "The Duellists" is a close second.
No doubt one of Kubrick's best movie he's made. Beautifully conceived; the attention to detail is stupendous. The cinematographer John Alcott won an Oscar for his work & he utilized NASA lenses to film the candle-lit scenes. Brilliant cast & Ryan O'Neal is well suited for this role since he plays this dim Irish man who desperately wishes to be among the upper English nobility in the 17th century. One of my favourite films indeed!
Aweful Movie but not Stanley Kubrick's worse that would go to 2001: A Space Odyssey & Eyes Wide Shut.
This is a 1975 British-American period drama written, produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the 1844 novel "The Luck of Barry Lyndon" by William Makepeace Thackeray.
The film recounts the exploits of a fictional 18th-century Irish adventurer.
Thackeray tells a jaunty, humorous tale, but Kubrick changes and shows an essentially tragic story in such a deliberately distorted way that it might look more interesting with an extra duel or two.
After all, however, I enjoyed this old-fashioned yet fascinatingly and emotionally engaging drama.
Back in 1975 - In between all of the ultra-violence of A Clockwork Orange and the snivelling gore of The Shining, director Stanley Kubrick presented (to the unsuspecting movie-audience) this beautifully photographed and meticulously designed, 3-hour costume Drama set in 18th Century England.
Yes. Barry Lyndon is, in fact, a greatly flawed masterpiece. But, all the same, it is, most definitely, worth a view simply for the sheer splendour of its wonderful cinematography, which won cameraman, John Alcott an Oscar.
In a nutshell, Barry Lyndon's story concerns the ruthless shenanigans of an unscrupulous rogue (in the worst sense of the word) named Redmond Barry who basically lies, dupes, duels and seduces his way up the old social ladder.
*Note* - Barry Lyndon took two years to complete.
Stanley Kubrick’s sumptuous three-hour costume epic follows the rise and fall of Redmond Barry, an 18th century Irish libertine who manages to rise far above his humble station in life as he goes from penniless criminal to military hero to kept husband of a wealthy widow. But his single-minded pursuit of the good life, coupled with the insular mindset of the aristocracy with whom he tries to ingratiate himself, lead to his ultimate undoing. If the story is hardly original its glorious widescreen presentation more than compensates. Utilizing a new lens technology which allowed him to capture key scenes using only ambient light, Kubrick fills the screen with soft pastel landscapes and baroque interiors awash in golden candlelight. Elaborate costumes and make-up coupled with meticulous period sets, apparently inspired by the paintings of Thomas Gainsborough among others, give the film a gauzy romantic feel complimented by a musical score of lilting Gaelic ballads and sombre orchestral movements. A lacklustre script does manage to deliver a few choice lines, but Ryan O’Neal’s leaden performance (his appointment had more to do with studio politics than artistic merit) is ultimately distracting; his portrayal of Barry being neither sympathetic nor engaging. A pity considering everything else was pretty well spot on.
A Stanley Kubrick buried treasure has surfaced. KCLS has two copies, which seems so few for one of Kubrick's best films. Then I noticed only one copy is checked out and no holds on any of the copies. Patrons of the KCLS I believe your overlooking a great movie. Stanley Kubrick is one of the great cinematographers of film. He brings 18th Century Ireland come to life. The soundtrack perfectly fits the action of the screen. Possibly because the movie stars Ryan O'Neil, patrons feel this is a lightweight movie. It is nothing of the sort. It is a wonderful story of an Irish scoundrel who is trying to deceive people for personal gain. You will take many chance on a film in the coming years. Please consider this a pretty safe bet. Read the other comments bellow. I think they are right on and very well written. Kubrick deserves to be evaluated fairly and honestly. Kubrick remains on a very short list of the greatest directors of all time.
"Barry Lyndon" is a serious contender for Stanley Kubrick's best film. The period feel is astounding and the use of classical music is inspired. The supporting cast is superb and O'Neal is serviceable as Lyndon-a flawed and somewhat limited character. He does not detract from the big picture. If you want to travel to another time and place then by all means see "Barry Lyndon".
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