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Thanks for your impressions Tyson, you've sold me on getting that new release! I think Barry Lyndon is one of the greats, a most wonderful and beautiful film. Frame after frame in the film are like cinematic realizations of a George Morland or Thomas Gainsborough landscape painting. I always thought that Barry Lyndon and Paper Moon were the two best films Ryan O'Neal made.
Excellent insights, and I couldn't agree more. It was surprising how quickly the time went watching this unflinching look at the rather extraordinary life of Barry Lyndon. A flawed, imperfect hero, committed to indulge his passions and challenge his circumstances...and suffer the consequences. Barry seems to grow in most profound ways after his deepest losses, and the demise of young Bryan--with the triumphant Händel Sarabande suddenly appearing more like a death mass--is an almost perfectly devastating sequence. Until I saw the accompanying documentary, I didn't know that Leon Vitali actually vomited in the barn scene with the final duel. As if that scence wasn't intense enough!
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