Directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson and Patrick Magee, “Barry Lyndon”, released in 1975, is a sumptuous adaptation of Thackeray’s 18th century novel. The script strays far from the novel’s story line to create a comical, and at times tragic, story of the rise and fall of an Irish rogue, Redmond Barry, who fights and seduces his way to a fortune, only to lose it all in a horrific, yet farcical, duel.
The film is a feast for the eyes: gorgeous costumes and sets, and Kubrick’s trademark vivid cinematography. This is eighteenth cenury Europe in all its glorious colour and squalor.
This is quite a long movie (187 minutes), so there will be no preceding short, when it screens at the Faith Wine Centre at 7.30 pm on Fridaqy 15th June. Everybody is welcome, with free admittance for members, and non-members asked for a donation to defray screening costs.