Sunday, February 15, 2009

Thoughts on Barry Lyndon

Had Barry Lyndon on my mind. Thought I would post the two best essays on the film - Mark Crispin Miller's Barry Lyndon Reconsidered from 1976. Bilge Ebiri's essay does a terrific job of uniting Lyndon into some of Kubrick's pet concerns - space, time, perspective, historical representation. It's a little too focused on these topics and on its impressive grasp of technique. There's a certain, "Yes, but what does it mean?" quality that is underaddressed. That's not to denigrate its thoughtfulness, however.

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