Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon

DVD - 2017
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A gentlemanly rogue travels the battlefields and parlors of 18th century Europe, determined to make for himself the life of a nobleman through seduction, gambling, and dueling in this methodical film showing the rhythm and life of the period.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, 2017
ISBN: 9781681433714
Characteristics: 2 dvds (ca. 185 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm

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geisslerx8933
Nov 11, 2020

Saw this on a big screen when it debuted back in winter 1975. The existing light cinematography is miraculous, but the drama tends to drag a bit. Nevertheless, a masterpiece.

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alunjones1
Sep 07, 2020

Barry Lyndon by Stanley Kubrick is a work of art and a true masterpiece. It was not well received in 1975 as the main character is a rogue, a scoundrel, and not likable, plus the movie is slow, long (3 hours) and lacks the dramatic effect seen in Hollywood movies, which is what Kubrick wanted to achieve. It is now considered a classic, and is something that could never be made today.

The attention to detail is meticulous for settings, uniforms, costumes, manners and styles of the 18th century. Kubrick studied the work by artists of this period and this is clear in many of the scenes set as a tableau like a painting. Many indoor scenes were shot in candlelight with unprecedented cinematography. Lenses were specially made by Zeiss for these scenes based on lenses that had recently been developed for NASA. The settings, and Second Unit locations are authentic and convincing, with many locations in Ireland, England and Germany. Everything is shot on location including many grand buildings, nothing is shot in a studio.

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mJJLnk7
Apr 20, 2020

My personal favorite from the greatest film director of all time.

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loella
Feb 13, 2019

For anyone who loves Thackeray's novel, Stanley Kubrick's film is a challenge. Yes, the book's plot is quite faithfully followed (except for the gut-punch ending), the period details are exquisite--certainly including the dumbfoundingly beautiful candle-lit interiors that became the film's most famous single aspect--and the language of the dialogue authentic. But, but, but . . . the first person, almost completely unreliable narration of the novel is completely suppressed in favor of making Barry something of a cipher, which suits, perhaps, Ryan O'Neal's acting skills as Kubrick wanted them (perhaps the director wanted this actor for his boxing skills, including his invariably smooth movement; in Paper Moon and Nickelodeon, O'Neal is just fine--and he also boxes). The cinematic Barry is a slippery, untrustworthy con artist with a taste for luxury--as he is in the novel--but he is not the ultimately repulsive scoundrel seemingly without any moral center that Thackeray created and that, come to think of it, is rather like Alex the droog in A Clockwork Orange, Kubrick's just-previous project, though Barry is worse. It's worth noting that the secondary characters are marvelously well cast and that the pastiche score that winds up generously excerpting Schubert's second piano trio is utterly magnificent. So this is a movie that grows better as one watches it and thinks about it in contrast with its source. And by all means, before or after seeing it, read Thackeray's Barry Lyndon. --Ray Olson

JCLIanH Nov 05, 2018

I put this off for years because I thought the combination of the period piece setting and the 3 hour running time would be less than compelling, but it's Stanley Kubrick and I really should have known better. Barry Lyndon is a treat. It's a beautifully filmed subversion of the heroic epic. A charming and satirical magnum opus about an all-around scoundrel conniving his way into a position of wealth and power before getting his ultimate comeuppance.

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naylord
Aug 06, 2018

This is my new favourite Kubrick film. Surprisingly hilarious and yet tragic at the same time.

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Janice21383
Jun 10, 2018

Vanity Fair for guys. Despite the source material, this is not a comedy but a tragedy, and Kubrick is an odd but effective fit. Some scenes go on too long -- yes, this person is suspicious, this one is attracted, etc., we get it -- but this is three hours of authentic gorgeousness. Kubrick's style is not slow, but stately. The weak link is Ryan O'Neal, whose career was hot at the time, His come and go Irish-American accent is astounding in a film this meticulous, and overall, he is the worst actor in the cast. But maybe that was why he was hired; his character is a blank slate the viewer can imagine himself being.

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OZUNE
Apr 23, 2018

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.

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RoyalJellyIII
Oct 31, 2017

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.

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gord_ma
May 02, 2017

Essentially, "Barry Lyndon" is most beautiful film ever made. Ridley Scott's "The Duellists" is a close second.

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