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Waker Film Reviews! Barry Lyndon (1975) 2013.04.21

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Posted 12 October 2014 - 10:47 PM

Release year: 1975

Director: Stanley Kubrick



Rating: 5/5

Watched: Apr 20, 2013


A sort of slice of life of a hard-headed young Irish man but covering nearly his entire life. The sheet over the 'image' of this film reminds me of those films in the 90s and late 80s about fairies and other classical periods, and the way it's executed here makes me wonder if this started that fad.

The film looks into the major parts of Barry's life... I watched this film in parts since its pacing was so boring. But what ended up happening was I watched about 20-35 minutes of the film over a period of four days (watching much of it in the last two) and I watched each stage of his life for each day. It worked pretty well - felt like a miniseries. And to be honest I could have watched this film forever like that. This would make a good miniseries.

The one thing I can say about him in this film without spoiling too much is something someone else said before:

How could one man have so much swag?


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