Thursday, April 5, 2012

Barry Lyndon

Stanley Kubrick, 1975, 184m

Based on Thackeray's novel, this is as close to literature that a movie can get.It is a panoramic view of a life and an age, portrayed with verisimilitude, plausibility and mild satire. The protagonist is an ordinary person, neither good nor bad, but enterprising and courageous who climbs the social staircase to climb down again. We have a detached portrait of the cultivated rogues responsible for the miracle of the empire over which the sun never set. Kubrick is in a different incarnation here, the satire being less bitter, but the touch of a master is visible throughout, as the painterly camera weaves a spell in its picture of Europe around 1800. A stunning film.


Seongyong Cho said...

It's an achingly beautiful work which is also quite pessimistic in Kubrick's own way.It's a great movie, and I love it.

The first encounter scene between Barry and Lady Lyndon is one of the most famous beautiful scenes. It feels romantic and elegant with those candle lights, but it is also cold and distant.

S M Rana said...

It is like a meticulous painting by a master who is incapable of the minutest mistake.