Barry Lyndon (1975) 4.93/5 (2)
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Rating: The Good – 83.1
Genre: Drama
Duration: 184  mins
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee

Stanley Kubrick’s sweeping historical epic based on William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel is a triumph of set and costume design, cinematography and lighting, and sound and music accompaniment. Ryan O’Neal plays Redmond Barry, son of a minor Irish landowner in the 1800′s, who when forced to flee his home discovers a modest skill that allows him to navigate the battlefields and palaces of Europe alike in the obsessive pursuit of his own betterment. Barry Lyndon is a remarkable film that tells a compelling story and provides a veritable feast for the senses. Kubrick’s discipline and attention to detail are such that the audience feels immersed in the historical period for the full three hours. His preference for symmetry and shooting from square angles is taken to the extreme as each shot was set-up and filmed as if it were straight out of an eighteenth century painting. The classical music is perfectly weighted to the feel of the film in general and to each scene in particular and the editing is flawless. The battle sequences, though few, are vivid and large in scale and the tension Kubrick evokes in the dueling scenes is masterful. All in all, Barry Lyndon is as perfect a period film as there is.

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