Written September 29, 2013
Stanley Kubrick's visually sumptuous masterpiece needs to be seen on the big screen. One of his least appreciated works when it first came out in 1975, Kubrick's brilliant social satire has lost none of its impact. Ryan O'Neal, also unappreciated, gives one of his best, most subtle performances as the young Irish rake who manages to make it into high British society at the time of King George III. O'Neal is supported by such great actors as Patrick Magee, Hardy Kruger, Stephen Berkoff, Godfrey Quigley and Marie Kean. Marisa Berenson, at her most beautiful, is O'Neal's great love, Lady Lyndon. Leon Vitali, who would later become Kubrick's personal assistant and casting director, gives a terrific performance as O'Neal's stepson, Lord Bullingdon. The film was shot entirely on location (John Alcott won an won Oscar). Of course, another reason to see it on the big screen is for the candle light scenes. The film also won Oscars for its art direction, costume design and music adaptation.
Written September 09, 2013
Visually gorgeous but otherwise dreadful.