IMDb Top 250: #229 Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon (1975)

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writers: Stanley Kubrick (written for the screen by), William Makepeace Thackeray (novel)
Stars: Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee

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

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Barry Lyndon is the story of a poor man who loses his father at a young age in 18th century Ireland. He joins the army, deserts, travels a bit and ends up marrying a rich woman.

I have a great deal of respect for Stanley Kubrick as a creative genius, but I just couldn’t get the hang of this movie. What was he thinking when he made this movie? A three hour long movie set in the 18th century? It gets dark and sad and boring really fast. So much so that by the end you’re quite happy it’s over.

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2 thoughts on “IMDb Top 250: #229 Barry Lyndon

  1. I liked Kubrick as a director. I thought Spartacus, Paths of Glory, Dr. Strangelove, 2001 and Clockwork Orange were fantastic films.
    But Barry Lyndon was beautiful to look out, and about as exciting as watching a faucet drip. All I can say is thank God I wasn’t being paid to watch it.

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