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Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon

Stanley Kubrick (1975)

177min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This awesome work might be retitled 1789: a Georgian Odyssey, for Stanley Kubrick gives to the past what he gave to the future in 2001: a Space Odyssey, providing this film with an authentic 18th-century look and a unique atmosphere that totally convinces. This is a period film like no other, a slow but utterly hypnotic tale of an Irish youth whose adventures and misfortunes take in the Seven Years' War, the gambling clubs of Europe and marriage into the English aristocracy. In Kubrick's scheme of things, character means less than context, so Ryan O'Neal may appear bloodless and Marisa Berenson wholly vacant, but this turns out to be a strength, not a weakness. Anyway, there are fine turns by Leonard Rossiter, Hardy Kruger and, best of all, Leon Vitali as O'Neal's stepson. There is a definitive climactic duel scene, a confiding narration by Michael Hordern and ravishingly beautiful photography on locations ranging from Castle Howard, Wilton House and Blenheim Palace to the Irish wilderness. Give it time, adjust to the pace and enjoy Kubrick's grandest gamble.

Summary

An 18th-century Irish fortune hunter kills a British officer in a duel, and ends up serving in the Seven Years' War, being recruited as a spy. He later controversially marries into the aristocracy - to the outrage of his wife's jealous son. Stanley Kubrick's period drama based on William Makepeace Thackeray's novel, starring Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee and Steven Berkoff.

Cast & Crew

Barry Lyndon Ryan O'Neal
Lady Lyndon Marisa Berenson
The Chevalier Patrick Magee
Captain Potzdorf Hardy Kruger
Lord Ludd Steven Berkoff
Nora Gay Hamilton
Captain Quin Leonard Rossiter
Captain Grogan Godfrey Quigley
Highwayman Arthur O'Sullivan
German girl Diana Koerner
Barry's mother Marie Kean
Sir Charles Lyndon Frank Middlemass
Reverend Runt Murray Melvin
Lord Bullingdon Leon Vitali
Narrator Michael Hordern
Recruiting soldier John Bindon
Colonel Bulow Ferdy Mayne
Toole, soldier in fistfight Pat Roach
Director Stanley Kubrick
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: BFI Guidance: Contains violence and brief nudity. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 29 Jul 2016

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