Barry Lyndon

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee
Duration: 185 min

Thackeray’s titular 18th-century Irish rogue – energetically played by a young Ryan O’Neal – shoots a love rival in a duel and flees for Dublin, but convoluted mishaps soon find him fighting for both sides in the Seven Years War. His bravery and good fortune then lead him into a gambling career alongside the shady Chevalier de Balibari (Magee). Barry later meets, seduces and marries the beautiful Lady Lyndon (Berenson) against her family’s wishes, only to fritter away her fortune along with his chances of becoming a true member of the aristocracy. After the success of 2001 and A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick’s next film was another discursive, albeit very different, work – sumptuously filmed, meticulously scripted and performed with gusto. Following initial critical indifference, it is now recognised as a genuine masterpiece.

Contains moderate violence, sex and nudity.

Club and Group screenings

Sun 24th Jun 12.00 Stanley Kubrick Season: In the last half century 2001: A Space Odyssey has had no lesser impact on our screens than when it was first released in 1968. In our next Vintage Sundays season we honour the man who created this epic film 50 years ago along with countless others, of which we screen a few. Come and enjoy Kubrick's cinematic splendour. Vintage Sundays: Classic films back on the big screen where they belong.

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