Friday, January 29, 2016

Cinema Cycle - Barry Lyndon



CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


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DATE REVIEWED: 01/29/2016


TITLE: Barry Lyndon


FORMAT: LaserDisc


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 3 hours 5 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 39.3 miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 4031.7 miles


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SYNOPSIS: The life of a young Irish man is chronicled in 17th century Europe.  


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CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER:  Life is life.  While the surroundings and trappings might change, the core essence remains.  We never know where our choices will take us.  


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PROS AND CONS:  Not the typical Hollywood film.  Since it is done by Stanley Kubrick, it will defy convention to a certain degree.  While I am a big fan of Kubrick, I had never seen this film before.  Viewing it gave me a much better comprehension of the rest of his work.


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Kubrick likes to show the long drawn out narrative, where the camera can linger on a scene well past the end of the dialog.  His films are immersive and the viewer can get wrapped up in all the imagery and flow and just sit back and be swept along.  


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However, in this particular film, there really is no arch for the character.  It is almost a documentary of a young rogue in pre-Edwardian England, complete with voice-over and section titles.  Kubrick may have been attempting to show the commonality of the human experience, since the life of Barry Lyndon could well be any of our lives in the modern age.  


To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  


This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.