Barry Lyndon (1975)

STANLEY KUBRICK

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

United Kingdom, 1975, , .  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 .  

Slow but fascinating adaptation of W.M. Thackeray’s novel is a must-see for fans of Stanley Kubrick. It stars an awkward (possibly this is intentional) Ryan O’Neal 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 consideration for 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, and the result is a fascinating image style that looks like a painting from the period come to life. appears in a mostly non-verbal supporting role.

The Criterion Collection:  #897

Academy Awards:  Best Cinematography; Best Art Direction; Best Costume Design; Best Scoring: Original Song Score and Adaptation or Scoring: Adaptation
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Director (Stanley Kubrick); Best Adapted Screenplay

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

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