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Barry Lyndon (1975)

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An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.

Director:

Stanley Kubrick

Writers:

Stanley Kubrick (written for the screen by), William Makepeace Thackeray (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan O'Neal ... Barry Lyndon
Marisa Berenson ... Lady Honoria Lyndon
Patrick Magee ... The Chevalier du Balibari
Hardy Krüger ... Capt. Potzdorf (as Hardy Kruger)
Steven Berkoff ... Lord Ludd
Gay Hamilton Gay Hamilton ... Nora Brady
Marie Kean ... Barry's Mother
Diana Körner ... Lischen (as Diana Koerner)
Murray Melvin ... Rev. Samuel Runt
Frank Middlemass ... Sir Charles Lyndon
André Morell ... Lord Gustavus Adolphus Wendover (as Andre Morell)
Arthur O'Sullivan Arthur O'Sullivan ... Capt. Feeny - the Highwayman
Godfrey Quigley ... Capt. Grogan
Leonard Rossiter ... Capt. John Quin
Philip Stone ... Graham
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Storyline

In the Eighteenth Century, in a small village in Ireland, Redmond Barry is a young farm boy in love with his cousin Nora Brady. When Nora gets engaged to the British Captain John Quin, Barry challenges him to a duel of pistols. He wins and escapes to Dublin but is robbed on the road. Without an alternative, Barry joins the British Army to fight in the Seven Years War. He deserts and is forced to join the Prussian Army where he saves the life of his captain and becomes his protégé and spy of the Irish gambler Chevalier de Balibari. He helps Chevalier and becomes his associate until he decides to marry the wealthy Lady Lyndon. They move to England and Barry, in his obsession of nobility, dissipates her fortune and makes a dangerous and revengeful enemy. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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At long last Redmond Barry became a gentleman -- and that was his tragedy. See more »


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Country:

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Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

18 December 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Барри Линдон See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,000,000, 31 December 1975

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,500,000, 31 December 1975
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Contrary to legend, this film did use artificial lighting in some scenes (for example, when Brian learns he's getting a horse). However, it is true that no electronic lighting was used for the candle-lit scenes. A lens built by the Carl Zeiss; Co. for NASA, a 50mm Zeiss lens modified with the Kollmorgen adaptor used in still cameras, was used to shoot scenes lit only by candle. This lens had the largest aperture of any ever built for movie use (f/0.7). See more »

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The Narrator says: "It would require a great philosopher and historian to explain the causes of the famous Seven Years' War." Actually, the reasons for the Seven Years' War are quite clear and well known. Prussia had invaded a rich Austrian region 16 years before, which it wanted to reconquer with its allies. Meanwhile, Britain and France had been fighting for almost a century (with some relative peaceful years) over worldwide colonies. Stanley Kubrick probably wanted to make a statement about the uselessness of war. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[two figures visible on the horizon prepare to duel. Three witnesses stand between them]
Second: Gentlemen, cock your pistols! Gentlemen...
Narrator: Barry's father...
Second: ...aim your pistols!
Narrator: ...had been bred, like many other young sons of a genteel family, to the profession of the law.
Second: One!
Narrator: And there is no doubt he would've...
Second: Two!
Narrator: ...made an eminent figure in his profession...
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THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (cavatina)
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The World of Stanley Kubrick: A young rapscallion makes good in 18th century Europe.
3 November 2004 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Barry Lyndon (1975) has to be Stanley Kubrick's most realized project that he has ever taken. A big task for the maverick director. For a film like this to be made during the free wheeling seventies had to take some big stones. One must admire Mr. Kubrick for even trying to produce and direct such a complex and expensive film that had all the ear markings of a financial and personal disaster. Not only did Kubrick manage to out do his last epic "2001" but he has created a movie that not only showcases the untapped acting abilities of Ryan O'Neil, but a beautifully lensed film that uses minimal lighting , gorgeous sets, perfect balance, positioning and meticulous timing. I have never seen such a magnificent film such as this one. Every shot and frame plays out like an eighteenth century oil painting.

A young Irish man of lower class has the strangest quirk of luck. After participating in an illegal duel, young Barry is forced to flee from his home village. After being accosted by some gentlemanly highway robbers, Barry winds up cross country and becomes a conscripted soldier. Rising in rank, Barry is sent to fight in the Seven's Year War. Whilst in battle he watches his friends and fellow soldiers being slaughtered in combat due to poor tactics and leadership. Having enough of this life of hardship and struggle, Barry uses his god given talents to do what he has to do in order to survive and become a man of proper social standing.

I was very impressed with this movie. I've put off watching this film until recently. Some have told me how long and boring this movie was. Others have said it was pretty self serving and not worth watching. But after seeing part of it on T.C.M., I just had to find a copy of my own. The film is over three hours in length but they go by very quickly because Barry's story is so captivating. Kubrick poured his heart and soul into this film. The results are on the screen. He's clearly a master film maker. His reputation is cemented forever with this movie. Ryan O'Neil impressed the hell out me with his role as Barry Lyndon. He gives the character some dignity and depth that no other actor could have possibly given to the title role.

Overall I would have to give this film one of my highest recommendations. This is one of my top ten films of all time. If people tell you not to watch this masterpiece ignore them. I advise you to get a copy and enjoy. For a film like this you need to set aside a weekend afternoon to fully appreciate a film such as this. Believe me you will not regret it.

Highest recommendation possible.

It doesn't matter whether you watch it on D.V.D. or V.C.D. because the transfers are excellent on either format.


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