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Barry Lyndon

Post by conjurer » Wed May 26, 2021 11:55 pm

Behold, perhaps the most beautiful movie ever made:



According to film lore, Stanley Kubrick wanted lenses so fast that he could shoot by candlelight for his Arriflex cameras. NASA stepped up and provided them, allowing Kubrick to shoot night scenes with nothing but candles and a flashlight.


Also, the most heartbreaking cut in the history of motion pictures:

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Re: Barry Lyndon

Post by JAS1125 » Thu May 27, 2021 5:00 am

NASA should of stepped up, considering Kubrick faked the moon landing for them 8)
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Re: Barry Lyndon

Post by biglove » Thu May 27, 2021 6:12 pm

A movie of which I have never heard?
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Re: Barry Lyndon

Post by conjurer » Thu May 27, 2021 11:01 pm

biglove wrote:
Thu May 27, 2021 6:12 pm
A movie of which I have never heard?
Barry Lyndon I saw in college in 1980 or so, about five years after it's release.

It's director, Stanley Kubrick, was considered the finest American film director by many through the turn of the century (that sounds weird right there). He was the last of the rogue film directors, who started with Arthur Penn and Sam Peckinpah back in the sixties; they were the "auteur" directors, who stamped their names indelibly on American cinema back then.

Kubrick made his name with 2001, and next with A Clockwork Orange. He was renowned for making his actors work like hell, and filming fifty takes of a simple scene was not out of the ordinary; he was looking for the actors to do something in each scene to make that scene perfect and special. Naturally, this made his productions absurdly long, and he averaged four or five years between each film.

Barry Lyndon took two years to film, and costs ended up at $11 million. It was a box office bomb, which led Kubrick to picking The Shining as his next project, which he considered to make himself more bankable, as the auteur directors were pretty thin on the ground by then. The Shining did well, making Warner Bros a profit.

In form, Kubrick took another seven years to release his Vietnam film, Full Metal Jacket. A great film, it made plenty of money and showed the director's general appalling distaste for all things human.

Then, Kubrick fans had to wait another eleven years for the last opus, Eyes Wide Shut. Filmed, like most of Kubrick's movies, in the UK, the movie was set in New York City, and starred Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman (one movie poster proclaimed "Cruise Kidman Kubrick". Kubrick died a few days after delivering the final cut to Warner Bros. It was the end of one of the last great American directors, who managed to add his imprint on the art.

We won't see his likes again.
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Re: Barry Lyndon

Post by temerityb » Fri May 28, 2021 3:01 pm

It's amazing how little that film is talked about these days; there was such big hype upon its release in the '70s. Yeah, I'm showing my age. I'd wager nobody went to see it because they liked stuff like Rollerball and Jaws and had no time for powdered wigs.

And yeah, conj - you had to include that particular clip. I watched it and I am kinda numb. Drives home what's important in life, which is love - which, of course, so many people either give up chasing or succumb to the pressure of simply staying above the ground.

Scenes like that get harder to watch as you get older, I think - once you've experienced the reality of loss more than a few times.

Nobody like Kubrick. Ever. One thing's for sure - you can pick his style after just a few moments. He always paced dialogue the same way - lots of air between lines.

Right now, Barry Lyndon is streaming on HBO Max.
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Re: Barry Lyndon

Post by biglove » Fri May 28, 2021 4:42 pm

Clockwork Orange was terrifying and fascinating. 2001, probably the first sci-fi movie I ever saw.

I have always enjoyed all of his movies I have seen. FMJ is one of my top ten movies of all time. Eyes Wide Shut, never wanted to see that weirdo Cruise diddle his wife...always figured Cruise got his sick ass giggles from it.

Will have to watch this one.
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Re: Barry Lyndon

Post by conjurer » Fri May 28, 2021 6:56 pm

biglove wrote:
Fri May 28, 2021 4:42 pm
Clockwork Orange was terrifying and fascinating. 2001, probably the first sci-fi movie I ever saw.

I have always enjoyed all of his movies I have seen. FMJ is one of my top ten movies of all time. Eyes Wide Shut, never wanted to see that weirdo Cruise diddle his wife...always figured Cruise got his sick ass giggles from it.

Will have to watch this one.
I saw Eyes Wide Shut at the theater, when it first came out. It was weird in that I didn't get the same impression of the experience that I did in just about every other Kubrick film--in other words, it didn't knock me out of my socks. It seemed pedestrian, and more than a little boring. It's easily my least favorite of his pictures.
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Re: Barry Lyndon

Post by temerityb » Fri May 28, 2021 7:15 pm

conjurer wrote:
Fri May 28, 2021 6:56 pm
biglove wrote:
Fri May 28, 2021 4:42 pm
Clockwork Orange was terrifying and fascinating. 2001, probably the first sci-fi movie I ever saw.

I have always enjoyed all of his movies I have seen. FMJ is one of my top ten movies of all time. Eyes Wide Shut, never wanted to see that weirdo Cruise diddle his wife...always figured Cruise got his sick ass giggles from it.

Will have to watch this one.
I saw Eyes Wide Shut at the theater, when it first came out. It was weird in that I didn't get the same impression of the experience that I did in just about every other Kubrick film--in other words, it didn't knock me out of my socks. It seemed pedestrian, and more than a little boring. It's easily my least favorite of his pictures.
Me, too. And the scene of Cruise and Sydney Pollack yelling at each other is the worst acted scene in the history of cinema, trailing only the opening speech by The Amazing Criswell in Plan Nine From Outer Space.
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Re: Barry Lyndon

Post by conjurer » Fri May 28, 2021 8:22 pm

Interestingly, I've heard that Kubrick was pretty aloof with his actors; he certainly wasn't an actor's director, like, say, Scorsese. He pretty much hired whomever the studio fronting the cash said he had to (hence, Ryan O'Neal in Lyndon, as he was somewhat hot in the box office back then.) Kubrick hired top talent, and he expected them to learn their lines, show up for shooting, and put up with his multiple takes (Fun Cinema Fact: When Frank Sinatra turned to acting, he produced most of his own pictures, and was notoriously lazy. He once told one of his directors, "If you want a second take, print it twice.")

Having said all that, apart from the lamentable EWS, the acting in most of Kubrick's pictures was absolutely top shelf.
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Re: Barry Lyndon

Post by biglove » Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:07 pm

conjurer wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:13 am
And then, this:

Absolutely a masterpiece.
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