Directed by Stanley Kubrick (UK/USA, 1975, 187 min.). Digital. 

A work of astounding aesthetic beauty and great moral complexity, Barry Lyndon is perhaps the finest entry in Stanley Kubrick’s catalogue. The film’s narrative charts the rise and fall—and rise and fall, and so on—of young Irish upstart Redmond Barry (later to become Barry Lyndon of the film’s title) as he seeks to secure a place in the English aristocracy. Barry sets out in exile from his small village on a journey that will see him inhabit multiple identities—an English soldier in the Seven Years’ War, a Prussian soldier in the same, a cheat in the wealthiest spas and parlors of Europe, and, finally, a would-be member of the nobility. Chance and fate conspire to offer Barry fortune and misery in equal measure, and he adopts one loyalty after another in this beautifully rendered exploration of the contrast between stoic virtue and base opportunism.

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