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Barry Lyndon (1975)

Original Title : Barry Lyndon
Director : Stanley Kubrick
Writer : William Makepeace Thackeray
Stanley Kubrick
Genre : Drama
Romance
Country : UK
Language : English, French, German
Producer : Jan Harlan , Stanley Kubrick , Bernard Williams
Music : The Chieftains
Leonard Rosenman
Photography : John Alcott
IMDB ID : 0072684
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Barry Lyndon (1975) - Stanley Kubrick
 

Starring

Ryan O'Neal Barry Lyndon/Redmond Barry/Lt. Jonathan Fakenham/Lazlo Zilagy
Marisa Berenson Lady Lyndon, Countess of Lyndon, Vicountess of Bullington, Baroness Castle Lyndon of Ireland
Patrick Magee The Chevalier de Balibari (Barry's patron
Hardy Krüger Capt. Potzdorf (nephew of Prussian Minister of Police
Steven Berkoff Lord Ludd
Gay Hamilton Nora Brady (Barry's cousin/Mrs. John Quin
Marie Kean Belle (Barry's mother
Diana Körner Lischen (the German girl
 

Plot

Redmond Barry is a young, rogue Irishman who's determined, in any way, to make a life for himself as a wealthy nobleman. Enlisting in the British Army, fighting in the Seven Years War in Europe, Barry deserts from the British army, joins the Prussian army, gets promoted to the rank of a spy, then becomes pupil to a Chevalier and con artist/gambler. Barry then lies, dupes, duels and seduces his way up the social latter and enters into a lustfull, but loveless, marriage with a wealthy countess named Lady Lyndon, takes the name of Barry Lyndon, settles in England with wealth and power beyond his wildest dreams, then slowly falls dramatically into ruin.
 

Comments

A painting come to life. Barry Lyndon has the look and feel of an 18th century painting that has started to move.Each shot is planned out and staged much like the inhabitants of those very paintings.The costumes and sets are remarkable. Kubrick's direction of his actors helps you see what life might have been like in this time.Very proper, very repressed.Even the duel between Barry and his stepson is tense.The way Kubrick paced this film is never tiresome.There is always something to look at in that frame.This film wouldn't be a true Kubrick film without an ironic sense of humor, which is summed up in the epilouge."All are equal now."
 
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