In the Eighteenth Century, in a small village in Ireland, Redmond Barry is a young farm boy in love of his cousin Nora Brady. When Nora engages to the British Captain John Quin, Barry challenges him for a duel of pistols. He wins and escapes to Dublin, but is robbed on the road. Without any other alternative, Barry joins the British Army to fight in the Seven Years War.
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Although this film is definitely worth seeing, if you haven't already done so, it is one of Kubrick's shots in the oven. The problem is that the protagonist, Barry Lyndon is not a heroic figure. He is really an everyman sort of mediocre character, with no inspirational convictions or ideas. Therefore the whole enterprise suffers from boredom. The interesting things this movie has to offer are the costumes and the music, which are quite delightful to experience. Why Kubrick decided to lavish his talents on this project remains a mystery to me.
Barry Lyndon is a stunning period drama that boasts beautiful cinematography and an epic story.
Barry Lyndon is about an Irish rogue who cheats his way to being being very wealthy but then comes his inevitable downfall resulting in one of the most gripping duels in cinema history.
This is one of Kubrick's most unknown films but it is considered by many to be his masterpeice. AND IT IS!!!