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11,477 Ratings

Barry Lyndon

Directed by Stanley Kubrick
United Kingdom, United States, 1975


In 18th Century Europe, a charming Irish rogue eager for the wealth and privilege of nobility sets about climbing the social ladder in order to get what he wants, facing many setbacks along the way.

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Barry Lyndon Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1976 | 4 wins including: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

1976 | 3 nominations including: Best Director

The two funniest movies I saw in theaters this year [were Barry Lyndon and The Favourite], even if Lyndon always makes me cry. Gorgeously designed and arrestingly lensed tales of occasional scoundrels who will claw the best they can over anyone who gets between them and a higher lot in society. “Good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now.”
December 28, 2018
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Kubrick’s reputation as a staunch perfectionist could scarcely have been more well-earned than it was here, or more well-matched to the material. Furthermore, Kubrick’s flair for bringing to the art form a supreme dilettante’s breadth of knowledge reached some kind of apotheosis here, so that no single detail can be regarded as anything other than the result of excruciating consideration on the director’s part.
October 18, 2017
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Being told in advance that disasters await doesn’t alleviate their impact, any more than does the optical beauty with which we are to be lavished for three hours. There is musical beauty too, an inescapable sonic flow incorporating Handel, Vivaldi, Schubert, and (in the first half) the traditional Irish music of the Chieftains. The music moves with its own sense of purpose, sometimes underscoring, sometimes contradicting what we see.
October 17, 2017
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