104 New To Me Movies: Barry Lyndon (1975)

Stats

Title: Barry Lyndon
Release Year: 1975
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick
Written By: Stanley Kubrick from the novel by William Makepeace Thackery
Recommended By: Blank Check With Griffin and David
Star Rating: 4

Review

I’ve never read The Luck of Barry Lyndon but I have read and watched many adaptations of Vanity Fair, so I am familiar with Thackery’s gleeful dislike of the society he was writing about.

Kubrick’s movie is stunningly shot, deliberately paced and blindingly nasty. Steeped in nihilism, a term that didn’t really exist when Thackery was writing but describes his viewpoint perfectly, Ryan O’Neal plays the feckless protagonist with vapid languidity until punctuated with moments of violence.

This movie is a triumph and I will never watch it again because it is three hours long and really boring, but it’s a phenomenal piece of art.

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