Barry Lyndon is a 8.1 imdb rated movie, written, produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It has been released in 1975, and was based on the novel “The Luck of Barry Lyndon” written in 1844 by William Makepeace Thackeray, the author of the famous “Vanity Fair”. It made the top 250 best of all times movies on the same imdb, which is great, considering even very low quality consumerist movies like The Avengers are figured on that list. Before telling more about it, I think that Barry Lyndon is one of the best movies ever made.
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The movie action takes place in the eighteenth century, and it is about the rise and fall of an Irish adventurer, bravely depicted by Ryan O’Neal.
It won four Oscars: Best Cinematography (John Alcott), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Ken Adam, Roy Walker, Vernon Dixon), Best Costume Design (Ulla-Britt Söderlund, Milena Canonero), and Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation (Leonard Rosenman).
Stanley Kubrick has been nominated for Best Director and Best Writing for an Adapted Screenplay, and the movie itself has been nominated for Best Picture. The recipient would have been Kubrick, again, as producer.
The main stars are Ryan O’Neal as “Barry Lyndon”, Marisa Berenson as “Lady Honoria Lyndon”, Patrick Magee as “Chevalier de Balibari”, Hardy Krüger as “Captain Potzdorf”. Of course they are not the only actors, but they are the most important. It features Murray Melvin as “Reverend Samuel Runt”, Leon Vitali as “Lord Bullingdon”, Marie Kean as “Barry’s Mother”, and Dominic Savage as the “Young Bullingdon”.
The movie hasn’t gained the deserved success when released, critics were against it and contributed to its burial. But quality emerges as always, and as Once upon a Time in America, another neglected movie for years, now Barry Lyndon is of most relevance. Scenes were quoted in The Duellists made by Ridley Scott, The Age of Innocence made by Martin Scorsese, and Rushmore by Wes Anderson.
Most of the exteriors were filmed in Ireland, the origin country of the main character, and only natural light was used to that. The sun, the moon and candles as much as they were needed.
It isn’t quite a love story, it’s an epic, a novella, about a young guy who with luck and cunning behavior, rise in some hearts and in society. But as it comes, bad seed must be expurgated, so with the whole help of his beloved mother, Barry Lyndon managed to show everybody he’s not suited to aristocracy and nobleness, he is just every simple guy with amplified vices.
One hundred eighty four minutes of film, exceptional playing and score, Barry Lyndon is indeed a movie to be watched more often.
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