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Barry Lyndon is a 1975 period drama film written, directed, and produced by Stanley Kubrick, based on the 1844 novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray. Starring Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Leonard Rossiter, and Hardy Krüger, the film recounts the early exploits and later unravelling of a fictional 18th-century Irish rogue and opportunist who marries a rich widow to climb the social ladder and assume her late husband's aristocratic position.

Plot

An omniscient (though possibly unreliable) narrator relates that in 1750s Ireland, Redmond Barry's father is killed in a duel over a sale of some horses. The widow devotes herself to her only son. Barry becomes infatuated with his older cousin, Nora Brady. Nora and her family plan to improve their finances through marriage to a well-off British Army captain, John Quin. Barry shoots Quin in a duel, then flees. He is robbed by highwayman Captain Feeney. Penniless and dejected, Barry joins the British Army. Later, family friend Captain Grogan informs him that his dueling pistol had been loaded with tow, and Quin is not dead: the duel was staged by Nora's family to get rid of Barry.

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    award Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Costume Design Academy Award for Best Original Song Score Academy Award for Best Production Design National Board of Review Award for Best Film National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
    contentLocation Berlin continental Europe Dublin England Kingdom of Ireland
    director Stanley Kubrick
    editor Tony Lawson
    events colonialism Emotional competence historiography individual and society liberty masculinity opportunism sexuality social control social hierarchy storytelling violence
    genre drama social
    keywords army captain birthday party british army captain feeney cheat coin toss delope duel expel family estate family friend fires into the ground gamble guinea high society highwayman james freney kill load married morning omniscient omniscient narrator professional gambler prussian army satisfaction seven years war sword duel tow unreliable unreliable narrator wound
    musicBy Leonard Rosenman
    nomination Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Costume Design Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Original Song Score Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Production Design Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
    producer Stanley Kubrick
    productionCompany Hawk Films Peregrine Productions
    publisher Columbia-Warner Distributors Warner Bros. Pictures
    recordedAt Blenheim Palace Castle Howard Corsham Court Dublin Castle Dunrobin Castle Huntington Castle Kells Priory Longleat Ludwigsburg Palace Neues Palais in Potsdam Oxfordshire Petworth House Powerscourt Estate Stourhead House Waterford Castle Wilton House
    theme gambling spy war