DIRECTOR: STANLEY KUBRICK
CAST: RYAN O'NEAL, LEONARD ROSSITER, HARDY KRüGER
A sublimely blank Ryan O’Neal is an opportunistic Irishman climbing the social ladder from ambitious villager to uncommitted soldier to spoiled nobleman in Kubrick’s Thackeray adaptation, as sourly witty as it is visually sumptuous. Specially constructed NASA lenses helped Kubrick capture natural candlelight, but that’s just one of this picaresque tale’s bountiful visual splendors. It’s not easy to select just one Kubrick film, but Barry Lyndon, a favorite of many, represents the ultimate example of his meticulous mastery, and explodes the notion that his films are without emotion.
Barry Lyndon is screening as part of the Kubrick x 8 series.