Barry Lyndon (1975)
Critic Consensus: Cynical, ironic, and suffused with seductive natural lighting, Barry Lyndon is a complex character piece of a hapless man doomed by Georgian society.
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Critic Reviews for Barry Lyndon
The great director's least satisfying, most disconcerting film - and that's what makes it extraordinary.
One of cinema's most heartfelt and sustained (it runs over three hours), if cynical, visions of an individual's powerlessness.
Stanley Kubrick's magisterial Thackeray adaptation now stands as one of his greatest and most savagely ironic films, not to mention one of the few period pieces on celluloid so transporting that it seems to predate the invention of cameras.
Ryan O'Neal's excellent performance captures the shallow opportunism endemic to the title character who is brought down as much by his own flaws as by the mores of the ordered social structure of 18th-century England.
All of Stanley Kubrick's features look better now than when they were first released, but Barry Lyndon, which fared poorly at the box office in 1975, remains his most underrated. It may also be his greatest.
Barry Lyndon isn't a great success, and it's not a great entertainment, but it's a great example of directorial vision: Kubrick saying he's going to make this material function as an illustration of the way he sees the world.
Audience Reviews for Barry Lyndon
A fabulous picaresque tale - satirical and tragic - in which we see Kubrick make every splendid shot look like an authentic 18th-century painting while using a cynical and essentially cold approach to recount a long series of barely connected episodes in our anti-hero's ill-fated life.
My favorite Kubrick film by far. Epic story with fine costumes and sets -- and a soundtrack to die for.
Barry Lyndon is a fantastic epic helmed by Stanley Kubrick that boasts great performances and revolutionary and beautiful direction.
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|Lord Bullingdon:||Don't you think he fits my shoes very well Your Ladyship?|
|Narrator:||Barry had resolved never to see Nora again, but such resolutions, though they may be steadfastly held for a whole week, are abandoned in a few moments of despair.|
|Redmond Barry (Barry Lyndon):||"but I am not sorry and shall not apologize, and I'll soon go to Dublin as to Hell."|
|Lord Ludd:||"but I am not sorry and shall not apologize, and I'll soon go to Dublin as to Hell."|
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