Barry Lyndon

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(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

Academy Awards 1975

Golden Globe Awards 1975

 

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