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Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon

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Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cast: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee


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With ornate imagery reminiscent of paintings from the story's 18th century period, Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel depicts the rise and fall of a sensitive rogue in the British aristocracy. Young Irishman Redmond Barry (Ryan O'Neal) leaves home to seek his fortune after apparently killing an English officer in a duel. Through a


With ornate imagery reminiscent of paintings from the story's 18th century period, Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel depicts the rise and fall of a sensitive rogue in the British aristocracy. Young Irishman Redmond Barry (Ryan O'Neal) leaves home to seek his fortune after apparently killing an English officer in a duel. Through a series of mishaps and accidents, Barry winds up fighting with the Prussian army in the Seven Years' War under the command of Capt. Potzdorf (Hardy Kruger); at war's end, Potzdorf enlists Barry to spy on a shady Chevalier (Patrick Magee). Instead, Barry joins up with the Irish Chevalier to flee Prussia and live as gamblers among Europe's elite. Wishing to climb even higher, Barry soon meets the beautiful Lady Lyndon (Marisa Berenson), marrying her for her fortune after her older titled husband dies. Her son Lord Bullingdon (Leon Vitali), however, despises the upstart Barry, and, regardless of how his mother may feel, sees to it that the re-named Barry Lyndon will never be able to stake his claim to the entrenched aristocracy. Coming after Kubrick's esteemed hits 2001 (1968) and A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon opened with high expectations and met with decidedly mixed responses to its restrained tone. Even with Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Director (and wins for Cinematography, Art Direction, Costumes, and Adapted Score), Barry Lyndon was a box office failure, as mid-'70s audiences increasingly turned away from such narrative challenges as its epic length and muffled emotions. Since then, Barry Lyndon has gained in stature, taking its place among the formidable artistic achievements of Kubrick's career.

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All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
While not too well-regarded on its initial release, Barry Lyndon, like most of Stanley Kubrick's work, has stood the test of time as a dramatically compelling and visually stunning motion picture. Kubrick's retelling of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel has often been accused of moving too slowly for its own good, but if you allow yourself to slip into its admittedly deliberate rhythm, you'll discover an absorbing, complex, and dryly witty tale packed with sex, violence, gambling, war, family feuds, romantic betrayals, love, death, and all the other things that make historical dramas so much fun. Though no one has ever accused Ryan O'Neal or Marisa Berenson of being expressive actors, their limited emotional palettes work in their favor here; Kubrick structures the film so that the audience reads triumph and tragedy in the subtle emotional variations of his cast, allowing many of them to register onscreen as they never would otherwise. (And, in fairness to O'Neal, Barry Lyndon is doubtless this actor's strongest and most expertly modulated performance.) And no one has ever contested Barry Lyndon's visual splendor. Attempting to recreate both the aesthetic style of 18th century paintings and the physical look of the period, Kubrick, cinematographer John Alcott, and production designer Ken Adam used authentic antique props and costumes to brilliant effect, and they lit their scenes with only natural sunlight or candles, for a look that no other movie has ever touched. The result is a film of singular visual style and beauty, and one of the richest and most evocative period pieces ever made.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ryan O'Neal Redmond Barry (Barry Lyndon)
Marisa Berenson Lady Lyndon
Patrick Magee The Chevalier
Hardy Kruger Capt. Potzdorf
Gay Hamilton Nora Brady
Leonard Rossiter Capt. Quin
Godfrey Quigley Capt. Grogan
Arthur O'Sullivan Highwayman
Diana Koerner German Girl
Steven Berkoff Lord Ludd
Marie Kean Mrs. Barry
Frank Middlemass Sir Charles Lyndon
Murray Melvin Reverend Runt
Philip Stone Graham
Leon Vitali Lord Bullingdon
Dominic Savage Lord Bullingdon as Child
David Morley Brian Lyndon
Andre Morell Lord Wendover
Michael Hordern Narrator
John Bindon Actor
Roger Booth Actor
Billy Boyle Actor
Jonathan Cecil Actor
Peter Cellier Actor
Geoffrey Chater Actor
Patrick Dawson Actor
Bernard Hepton Actor
Barry Jackson Actor
Wolf Kahler Actor
Patrick Laffan Actor
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne Actor
Hans Meyer Actor
Anthony Sharp Actor
John Sharp Actor
Roy Spencer Actor
John Sullivan Actor
Harry Towb Actor
Anthony Dawes Actor
Liam Redmond Actor
Pat Roach Actor
Frederick Schiller Actor
George Sewell Actor
Leonard Rosenman Conductor

Technical Credits
Stanley Kubrick Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ken Adam Production Designer
John Alcott Cinematographer
Alan Boyle Makeup
Ann Brodie Makeup
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Jill Carpenter Makeup
Brian Cook Asst. Director
Yvonne Coppard Makeup
Barbara Daly Makeup
Vernon Dixon Set Decoration/Design
Robin Gregory Sound/Sound Designer
Jan Harlan Executive Producer
Tony Lawson Editor
Leonard Rosenman Musical Arrangement
Bill Rowe Sound/Sound Designer
Ulla-Britt Soderlund Costumes/Costume Designer
Geraldine Stephenson Choreography
Michael Stevenson Asst. Director
David Tomblin Asst. Director
Roy Walker Art Director
Bernard Williams Associate Producer


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Barry Lyndon 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stanley Kubrik's 1975 film on a low-born Irish upstart (Ryan O'Neil) who leaves his home after a family feud to pursue wealthy opportunities. Ryan O'Neil was not a great choice for the lead role. One can see that he's rather uncomfortable in playing a period piece: his accent sounding more and more American each step into the movie. The screenplay is well balanced and the story is well paced. As always, Kubrik's obssession with detail and stylized scenes bring out vivid images of 18th century Europe. Filmed in natural light, this narrative epic's brilliant direction and cinematography alone makes it a worthwhile viewing experience.
Cherilnn More than 1 year ago
One of my all-time favorite movies. Yes, the pacing is very slow but that was the 18th century. The ponderous music sets the tone just right. Barry is the classic tragic hero who causes his own downfall, leaving destruction in his wake. Kubrik's movies always require at least 2 viewings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film once again displays Kubrick's excellent use of the environment to create a vivid visual experience. It is perhaps one of the most beautifully shot films I've ever seen. Aside from the scenery, the performances are upstanding and the story is witty. This film is another entry in a fabulous tradition of films that only a great director like Kubrick could have created.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Is how Harvard Lampoon regarded this when it first appeared. However, both Fellini and Scorcese regard this as a masterpiece. Who you gonna believe..? This holds up incredibly well. It makes all those Merchant Ivory films look positively limp. BL is subtle and funny, deeply upsetting and EXTREMELY beautiful. So Ryan was not a great choice for the lead, but he doesn't get in the way either. By the end of the first half you may be exhausted and not really care what happens, but keep watching as the downfall of Barry is chilling and exciting. There are some wrong notes(the epilogue is pointless)but this is a great film.
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