Excerpt: It's no surprise that your attention is drawn to the cinematography and look of the film given it is Kubrick - it is a beautiful film to watch with every shot perfectly composed as if lifted straight from a painting, especially the night time scenes often lit in candlelight. What may surprise given Kubrick's (unfair) reputation for a cold detached style of filmmaking is how emotional the film is, especially in its second half.
Excerpt: In der Tat, der Film wird in ruhigen Bilder erzählt - die es aber in sich haben: die wunderbaren Kamera-Einstellung, Farbgestaltung, Landschaft etc aufgefallen. Interessant ist nämlich, dass für diesen Film eine neue Kameralinse verwendet wurde, die es erlaubte im natürlich Licht, sowie auch "fast" gänzlich mit Kerzenlicht erhellten Raum zu filmen.
Excerpt: In 75 Barry Lyndon by Kubrick hit the screens ... and eventually became a long favorite ... the natural light and special lenses, built by the Carl Zeiss company for NASA, created fantastic visuals that never looked as good until this welcome blu-ray disc ... the wonderful sound and music are also as great ... This is a perfect film that took a beating from some antsy critics and fans like myself.
Excerpt: This is one of the few Kubrick films I have never seen and refused to watch until we got a proper anamorphic presentation on disc. Now that the BD has been released, I finally sat down to watch it in HD glory. At any moment in the film, you can hit pause on the remote and you would have a perfect painting to hang on a wall. I have never witnessed a film with such beautifully framed shots, period.
Summary: Some movies - I wish there were more of them - simply look like a series of great paintings. This film has that look. You could freeze-frame many of the scenes and swear you were looking at a Gainsborough, a Vermeer, a Hogarth or similar work of art by one the great artists of three to five centuries ago. It's just beautiful. For that, we have Director Stanley Kubrick and Photographer John Alcott to thank.
Summary: In the midst of the many wonderful films made by Stanley Kubrick, it is strange to note how rarely people mention "Barry Lyndon". The film portrays an unusual young Irish man, Redmond Barry, and his endeavours as he is forced to leave his home and tries to make good his life elsewhere.
Summary: While this is, in my opinion, not the best of Kubrick's films, it is in no way a bad film of his... some have claimed it is overlong and dull, but I don't think so. From what I've heard, it does the novel justice, and I believe that is what Kubrick went after, more than anything else. That is admirable, for a man who throughout his career was known for making unfaithful film adaptations of famous and popular novels, much to the dismay of the authors.
Summary: Barry Lyndon (1975) has to be Stanley Kubrick's most realized project that he has ever taken. A big task for the maverick director. For a film like this to be made during the free wheeling seventies had to take some big stones. One must admire Mr. Kubrick for even trying to produce and direct such a complex and expensive film that had all the ear markings of a financial and personal disaster.
Summary: When I was in high school, it was considered "cool" to watch Stanley Kubrick movies as they were seen as "more enlightened forms of entertainment" over stuff by Steven Spielberg and John Hughes. If you didn't memorize the opening speech to Full Metal Jacket or hadn't seen Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut then you were rejected from the clique. This was at the time when I was first viewing Kurosawa's Rashomon and Ran and accidentally came across this gem.