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10/05/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

One of the loveliest looking movies ever made.

Stanley Kubrick's award winning period drama is one of the most beautifully created films I've seen. The cinematography, the lighting, the costume design, the sets, and the picture itself is amazing.
Ryan O'Neal plays the title character, an ambitious social climber who wishes to escape his poor Irish roots and enter the upper echelons of European nobility in the mid 1700s. He fights in various wars and duels while gambling and romancing his way to fortune.
Like the direction, the acting is stately and refined. The helpful narration is often sarcastic and darkly comical. While the acting is more reserved and not quite as emotional as similar but more melodramatic films, the characters do not lose their human qualities. Barry Lyndon himself is a very flawed, naive, and sometimes even r...

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07/10/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A charismatic, sophisticated period piece.

There's not an awful lot to say about this movie. That may seem like a bad sign, but it's not as bad as it sounds.
Kubrick always leaves a pending mark in your mind. This movie didn't astound me, nor do I remember most of it, but that's okay, because I at least had an interesting time watching it. I normally hate period pieces, but all I can say about this one is that it is genuinely interesting. There's no layer before the battle with Kubrick, he balances the story well.
The music in this movie is spectacular. I loved the use of classical pieces to emphasize moods, expressions and exaggerations. It never felt forced like in Eyes Wide Shut.
By the end of the film, the lead falls victim to a mass of incidents that result in an excellent character change. I simply loved the way his chara...

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09/24/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Barry Lyndon review

One has to appreciate the beauty of the locations, cinematography, historical methods of its era (1700's manner of punishment, weapons used in war, duels, manner of speaking, etc.), period films and Redmond Barry's (Ryan O'Neal) journey/story before investing 3 hours on this. Not as entertaining as The Shining, 2001 or Full Metal Jacket, but definitely influential. It starts with the first Act wherein Redmond falls in love with his cousin Roma. He then performs a duel with English Captain John Quin (Leonard Rossiter), was robbed, employed by Captain Potzdorf's uncle in the Prussian Ministry of Police and marries Countess of Lyndon (Marisa Berenson). The second act is about the misfortunes and disasters of Barry Lyndon. It would affect his family fortune, duel with Lord Bullingdon (Leo...

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04/03/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Not as fun as shining, but it is drama

I remeber when i saw this film for first time i enjoyed its beautiful pictures, more comic than dramatic atmosphere of first part and greatly shot battles. Ending did not really touched me. Next time when i saw it it had whole new dimension. It was great. Drama went to new level. I was thinking if Griffith and Welles have taken cinema to new level than Kubrick took cinema on 10 new levels, because this good drama wasnt made after it.
What is so great about drama in this film? Drama in this movie is so great because it is not Shakespeare, characters are much less dramatic, they are real people not some dramatized heroes who seem to be greater than life, they are rotting flesh and bones who look for their happines in the times that were harder to live in than ours, especially for poor. War...

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