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Earring72's avatar


STUNNING looking movie with great eye for detail follows the long but never dull story of poor Barry to higher places. The second half feels different and the lead is very hard to like but very entertaining and well made movie
4 years 7 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


I'm used to Stanley Kubrick playing distancing tricks on the audience, but Barry Lyndon, based on Thackeray's The Luck of Barry Lyndon, takes the cake. The book is a 19th-Century picaresque set in the 18th, following the good and bad fortunes of an Irish rogue who eventually marries into the aristocracy. It's a story book-ended by duels, and wryly narrated by Michael Hordern's rich voice, but that's just it - we're often told things and not actually shown them, especially where emotional context is concerned. The lead, Ryan O'Neal, spends most of the film, stone-facedly moving from one circumstance to another, do while I wasn't exactly bored (restless perhaps, but not bored), I definitely had a hard time engaging with the story. But this is Kubrick, so it's all part of the plan, of course. The achievement here is to create what is clearly the product of 18th-Century high art. Every frame is a painting (some shots inspired by the art of the era). Every note of the soundtrack a classical piece. The narration, literary. So when he puts us at a distance, it's the distance one feels from a painting, from the past, from the artifice of the century. We're meant to be detached, but to also take in the beauty of the image - perhaps an exploration of the difference between painting and cinema on his part - albeit, intellectually. As a piece of cinematography, it is impressive; as a story, it (necessarily?) leaves me cold.
6 years 9 months ago
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(removed by mod: please post in English)
7 years 9 months ago
BigAwesomeBLT's avatar


Beautiful to look at. Having empathised with Barry in the first half, I disliked his character after the intermission. However, you then realise that he has been lucky all along, had fallen into things by chance, and his character never really changed.

There aren't too many of Kubrick's trademarks in the film. The music is there, the attention to detail and there is quite a long tracking shot towards the end, but otherwise you don't get the Kubrick feel you would from 2001 or Clockwork Orange.

I have seen others online, in the past, complaining that this film is too slow. I found it skipped along quite quickly, with the plot constantly unfolding. In fact, for a three hour film, there is hardly a moments rest.

Having put off watching this film for a while, despite being a Kubrick fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie when I finally got round to it.
8 years 9 months ago
nicolaskrizan's avatar


rise and fall

9 years 3 months ago
senorroboto's avatar


Really beautifully done. I know it precedes one of them, but this movie plays out like a bastard child ofspoiler
9 years 4 months ago
OMERFT's avatar


A poetic piece of art by the world's one of the most genius men.
9 years 5 months ago
missjazzage's avatar


I'm not a Kubrick fan but whenever I mention to Kubrick lovers that I loved this film, they smirk. I honestly do not understand; this film did much more for me than 2001. I was completely absorbed and astonished by the manipulation of time and the noticeable but subtle shift in Barry's character. And the cinematography. Just stunning.
9 years 9 months ago
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Miss Jitterbug

The most beautiful cinematography I've ever seen!
10 years 3 months ago
MewSa's avatar


One of those films that at the end you'll get the sensation that the beginning happened in another lifetime. It's very long but not boring at all. Loved the photography. If you enjoy period films do not skip this one ;)
10 years 5 months ago
StefanoEarnest's avatar


I do believe that this tied with Nashville for the National Board of Review Best Film award in '75.
10 years 8 months ago
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Vetle Haeg Nymoen

As almost in any Kubrick film, the visuals and sound is amazing. The landscape filming is beutiful, and i love his technique of starting close on an object, and zooming slowly out.
It's a long film, but it's also a well made film, and the acting is superb.
10 years 8 months ago
RaggedReels's avatar


A very, very interesting film
10 years 11 months ago
vmunda's avatar


Never a dull moment.
11 years 1 month ago
Holden7's avatar


Unnecessarily drawn out.
11 years 3 months ago

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