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.
Disc #1 -- Barry Lyndon 1. Credits [:56] 2. Redmond's Parentage [1:08] 3. First Love [4:11] 4. Troops in Review [2:03] 5. Country Dance [3:12] 6. Quin Courts Nora [3:28] 7. A Challenge [6:04] 8. Duel With Quin [4:48] 9. Redmond Leaves Home [1:56] 10. Capt. Feeney [5:53] 11. A New Recruit [2:10] 12. Fisticuffs [3:59] 13. Reunion With Grogan [3:41] 14. First Taste of Battle [4:01] 15. Officers in the Woods [3:37] 16. Prussia-Bound [2:23] 17. The German Girl [5:15] 18. Capt. Potzdorf [2:40] 19. "I Volunteer" [2:58] 20. Valor Under Fire [6:09] 21. Espionage [2:51] 22. Meeting the Chevalier [5:00] 23. Card Sharks [5:43] 24. Escape [2:58] 25. A Gamester's Life [4:44] 26. Lady Lyndon [6:43] 27. "Have You Done With My Lady?" [1:35] 28. Sir Charles' Departure [1:46] 29. Intermission [:15] 30. Marriage [2:31] 31. The Style and Title of Barry Lyndon [4:07] 32. Lady Lyndon's Melancholy [4:02] 33. Lord Bullingdon's Defiance [3:21] 34. Brian's Birthday [3:40] 35. A Lavish Lifestyle [7:26] 36. Brotherly Disaffection [3:50] 37. Drawing-Room Brawl [4:39] 38. Society's Cold Shoulder [3:55] 39. A Horse for Brian [4:46] 40. Tragedy [6:59] 41. Mrs. Barry Fires Rev. Runt [5:55] 42. Bullingdon's Challege [4:17] 43. The Final Duel [8:50] 44. Injured Party [2:44] 45. Bullingdon's Terms [4:44] 46. Coda and Epilogue [3:00] 47. End Credits [3:27]
Disc #1 -- Barry Lyndon Jumpt to a Scene Awards Theatrical Trailer Languages Soundtracks: English Subtitles: English Subtitles: Français Subtitles: Español Subtitles: Português Subtitles: Off Play Movie
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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.
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.
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.
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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5 months ago
Barry Lyndon is a masterpiece not only because of Kubrick's genius and cinematic vision but because of the story it tells which has even more relevance today. It is about the wild and unsubdued nature of the human spirit which can not be tamed in a world that grows ever more controlling and manipulative as time goes on. Think Amazon.com, 1984, the Third Reich and you may know what I mean. Barry Lyndon is a young man with an untamed spirit who is full of passion that will not be subjected to the powers that be whether they are other men, governments or class structures. Even though self interest is his driving force, he is so out numbered and challenged by the overwhelming events of a harsh world that one can easily sympathize and relate to him. Men like him will continue to be born and to thrash about on the human stage until the day the human spirit has been completely anesthetized.
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