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Sort of Weird
Clearly this is a rich period piece. It offers a glimpse into 18th Century life (especially for the wealthy) in the UK. The cinematography is spectacular. It's the plot and the purpose of the film that is strange. Strange is Kubrik's hallmark and he is often successful but not with this film. It's like a caricature of itself. Every scene is over the top and the characters are among the most miserable looking souls ever to act in front of a camera. Most are downright creepy. It's what Downton Abbey's first earl and household might have been like if they all were possessed by Satan.
a poem for stanley kubrick.
maybe barry was too contrary for movie goers.
- David H.
Barry Lyndon starts out with a fairly interesting plot, but then degenerates into a much too long tedious bore. The film's splendid cinematography is not enough to carry it and director Stanley Kubrick needlessly drags out the story. A poor and at times depressing music score further sinks the movie. Ryan O'Neal goes from good to wooden portraying the title character while some of the supporting actors are downright awful. Poor Marisa Berenson has nothing to do aside from looking melancholy and showing her cleavage. I do not consider Kubrick a top director mainly because he only did a measly 13 feature films in 46 years. While Dr. Strangelove is a classic and one or two others are quality movies, for me most of the rest of his limited output doesn't measure up including Barry Lyndon. I don't recommend this film unless you want to waste three hours of your time.
Three Plus Hour Snoozefest..
- Russ G
Forty-one years ago, I actually took a date to see this. What a mistake. I went b/c the previous Kubrick film had been so good. This was as boring as the edited Orson Wells snoozefest, The Magnificent Ambersons, but twice the punishment. I don't remember the ending because we either walked out - lots of viewers did - or just didnt' care anymore. Kubrick must have believed his own press clippings. Why he thought he had the right to foist this on audiences, I have no idea.
So Much Promise, So LittleDelivered
- James Smith
The movie didn't click for me. Some great photography and scenes, good underlying plot but it doesn't work. Mostly a big bore and the lead male misses the mark.
A Notable Film
- D.D. Desjardins
Lavish was the obvious expenditure for this film, for which we might thank its producers. A wholly unusual film given tendencies and audiences of the 70's. Stanley Kubrick, known for "A Clockwork Orange" just a few years earlier, is hereby to be seen as a director truly versatile and remarkable for his broad range of taste and interpretation. For here we are treated to splendid gardens, beautiful vistas, real and impressive sets, sumptuous costumes, secondary actors chosen for their un-miscenegated facial structures, embellished and adorned to appear like paintings of the era (18th c.); we are further given to believable and laudable modes of acting, necessarily affected at times for what can only be an approximation to the period, but laudable still for avoiding intentional caricature, a commendable effort at what I will call impressionistic realism, although, unfortunately, some indulgence to nudity and debauchery to palliate the easily bored movie goers of the '70's; furthermore, there is the elevated language of Thackeray, preserved, thank God, despite it now rings odd to our ears. Yet another high standard of the film.
Music Makes It Complete
- Ms. Cruse
I've loved this film from the first time I saw it in 1976 in a dome theater with wonderful sound. The music carries the scenes. The detail of costumes, lighting and atmosphere (like filming with natural candlelight) give this film something I've not seen in any other. I felt carried back to the time. This film is not for everyone. It's quite special and is a treasure.
- Michael Whitty
Was this a masterpiece by a movie master Stanley Kubrick or was it too long and boring? The photography, design, costumes,and music all won Oscars but this was a slow-paced storyline of over 3 hours observing the growth and fate of an Irish rascal encountering friends and foes over time in the 19th century in Europe. Ryan O'Neal, who made hit-after-hit in the 1970s, played the Irish rover who couldn't settle down long enough after marrying a wealthy English lady. Divided into two parts....the rise of Redmond Barry and the downfall of Barry Lyndon this sumptuous production was at best ravishing but at worst too tedious. Stanley Kubrick continues to make the controversial movie and there is no two ways about that.
Is it possible to make a worse movie? And a 3 hours long movie at that? All the acting is in slow motion, everyone moves extremely slow. All the scenes are a 1000 frames too long. If the actors simply moved at a normal pace, the movie would last no more than 35 minutes. Those phony hair-dos, what a laugh. Nobody ever wore their hair like that. And the creepy makeup - what's up with that? I can only say in closing that the investors who financed this loser were either totally blind or totally stupid.
Stanley Kubrick The Greatest Director of All Time
- Mike D
Barry Lyndon was an Epic Masterpiece, I have never seen and probably never will see another film quite like it. Amadeus I feel is comparable in some slight ways on the level of authenticity. Barry Lyndon makes you feel like you are there. I personally feel the 18th Century was a very fascinating time and the way Kubrick captured it on film to me is just as beautiful as the Artwork that is so elegantly displayed on the walls within the magnificent Castles. Along with being entirely authentic in costume, setting and even the music, the acting also was outstanding. One character other than Barry Lyndon especially stands out in this film, Lord Bullingdon played incredibly by Leon Vitali, one of the most powerful scenes I have ever witnessed is the final duel in the abandoned chapel. The scene in which Lord Bullingdon "calls out" Barry Lyndon and receives an absolute thrashing is also one to remember especially considering the fact that Ryan O'Neal (Barry Lyndon) was before he became an actor a Golden Gloves boxer. In summary, if you have not seen Barry Lyndon I highly recommend that you do so. The film is over 3 hours but I'm sure many people would agree with me in wishing it was longer. An Epic Masterpiece that keeps your attention, even the dialog which in the cases of some 18th century period pieces can become tiresome, this film makes the dialog work and makes the people seem very authentic. The book from which the film was adapted was fictional, but the time and the place was real, the music which was played along with the instruments were all authentic to the period. I will close in mentioning one more scene of Kubrick genius, there is a scene toward the end of the film, Barry is reading to Bryan comfortably on a couch, the camera pulls back revealing the enormity of the room, the elaborate couch sits beneath a humongous Oil Painting.. One word describes this film, Masterpiece.
My favorite Kubrick's film
- MR. THE DIRECTOR
I despite people who says that this movie is long and boring....How could they be bored watching this piece of art... This movie is not long. Like great movies, it felt short. Watching this movie, I am always reminded what a great art movie is, and how a story can be told in a bold way.
Barry Lyndon (1975)
- Jay Higgins
Stanley Kubrick's excellent direction makes this a very must see film. The production is incredible. The art direction and cinematography are incredible, some of the best ever. The score is superb. Very well acted. I can get a little heavy at times but it's well worth it.