Barry Lyndon


(out of 5)

Slow but fascinating adaptation of W.M. Thackeray’s novel is a must-see for fans of Stanley Kubrick. It stars an awkward but bearable in the lead role, an 18th century Irishman who goes from poverty to wealth and obscurity to infamy in the course of his lifetime and meets many interesting adventures along the way. He experiences life as a soldier, a spy, a gambler and, eventually, a feckless, rich husband before misfortune (and his lack of attention to others) comes his way and the tables turn on him. The period recreation is stunning, but the key protagonist in this particular film is Kubrick himself, who can’t help but put his signature on just about every gorgeous frame. For realism, most of it was shot with completely natural lighting, necessitating the creation of special lenses that could etch deeply shadowy images out of the candlelight.  The result is a fascinating style of cinematography that looks like a painting from the period come to life. appears in a mostly non-verbal supporting role.

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United Kingdom, 1975

Directed by

Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel The Memoirs Of Barry Lyndon, esq. by

Cinematography by

Produced by Stanley Kubrick

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection

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Academy Awards
Best Art Direction (art direction: Ken Adam, Roy Walker; set decoration: Vernon Dixon)
Best Cinematography (John Alcott)
Best Costume Design (Ulla-Britt Soderlund, Milena Canonero)
Best Music (Scoring: Original Song Score and Adaptation-or-Scoring: Adaptation) (Adaptation score by Leonard Rosenman)

Best Directing (Stanley Kubrick)
Best Picture (Stanley Kubrick, producer)
Best Writing (Screenplay Adapted From Other Material) (Stanley Kubrick)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Director (Stanley Kubrick)

New York Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Film
Best Director (Stanley Kubrick)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Cinematography (John Alcott)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Cinematography (John Alcott)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Film (tie)
Best Director (Stanley Kubrick) (tie)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Stanley Kubrick)

British Academy Awards
Best Direction (Stanley Kubrick)
Best Cinematography

Best Film
Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design

Cesar Award Nomination
Best Foreign Film

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