Barry Lyndon (1975)

Barry Lyndon (1975)

Taglines: Great was his rise…And much greater his fall.

In the Eighteenth Century, in a small village in Ireland, Redmond Barry is a young farm boy in love with his cousin Nora Brady. When Nora gets engaged to the British Captain John Quin, Barry challenges him to a duel of pistols. He wins and escapes to Dublin but is robbed on the road.

Without an alternative, Barry joins the British Army to fight in the Seven Years War. He deserts and is forced to join the Prussian Army where he saves the life of his captain and becomes his protégé and spy of the Irish gambler Chevalier de Balibari. He helps Chevalier and becomes his associate until he decides to marry the wealthy Lady Lyndon. They move to England and Barry, in his obsession of nobility, dissipates her fortune and makes a dangerous and revengeful enemy.

Barry Lyndon is a 1975 British-American period drama film written, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the 1844 novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray. It stars Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, and Hardy Krüger. The film recounts the exploits of a fictional 18th-century Irish adventurer. Exteriors were shot on location in Ireland, England and Germany.

At the 1975 Academy Awards, the film won four Oscars in production categories. Although having had a modest commercial success and a mixed reception from critics on release, Barry Lyndon is today regarded as one of Kubrick’s finest films. In numerous polls, including those of Village Voice (1999), Sight & Sound (2002, 2012), Time (2005) and BBC, it has been named one of the greatest films ever made.

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Barry Lyndon (1975)

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger, Steven Berkoff, Gay Hamilton, Marie Kean, Diana Körner
Screenplay by: Stanley Kubrick
Production Design by: Ken Adam
Cinematography by: John Alcott
Film Editing by: Tony Lawson
Costume Design by: Milena Canonero, Ulla-Britt Söderlund
Art Direction by: Roy Walker
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: December 18, 1975

Paper Moon (1973)

Paper Moon (1973)

Taglines: There’s a sucker born every minute.

Adapted from the novel, “Addie Pray” (1971) by Joe David Brown, Paper Moon is the story of Moses Pray and Addie Loggins. With scenery reminiscent of “The Grapes of Wrath,” the film is set in the depression-era Midwestern region of the United States. As the movie opens, we see a small group of mourners clustered at a graveside.

Among the mourners is Addie, the dead woman’s small daughter. Moses Pray — ostensibly of the “Kansas Bible Company” — approaches the group, as the service concludes, and two of the elderly women remark that the child bears some resemblance to him and asks if he might be related. “If ever a child needed kin, it’s now,” one lady says.

With no knowledge of who her father is, Addie’s only haven is her Aunt’s home in St. Joseph, Missouri. Having identified himself as a “traveling man spreading the Lord’s gospel in these troubled times,” “Mose” is prevailed upon to deliver the helpless child to her Aunt since he’s going that way, anyway.

Paper Moon is a 1973 American comedy-drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and released by Paramount Pictures. Screenwriter Alvin Sargent adapted the script from the novel Addie Pray by Joe David Brown. The film, shot in black-and-white, is set in Kansas and Missouri during the Great Depression. It stars the real-life father and daughter pairing of Ryan and Tatum O’Neal as protagonists Moze and Addie.

Paper Moon Movie Poster (1973)

Paper Moon (1973)

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
Starring: Ryan O’Neal, Tatum O’Neal, Madeline Kahn, John Hillerman, Jessie Lee Fulton, James N. Harrell, Lila Waters, Yvonne Harrison
Screenplay by: Alvin Sargent
Production Design by: Polly Platt
Cinematography by: László Kovács
Film Editing by: Verna Fields
Costume Design by: Polly Platt
Set Decoration by: John P. Austin
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: May 9, 1973

Love Story (1970)

Love Story (1970)

Taglines: Love means never having to say you’re sorry.

Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett IV and music student Jennifer Cavilleri share a chemistry they cannot deny – and a love they cannot ignore. Despite their opposite backgrounds, the young couple put their hearts on the line for each other.

When they marry, Oliver’s wealthy father threatens to disown him. Jenny tries to reconcile the Barrett men, but to no avail. Oliver and Jenny continue to build their life together. Relying only on each other, they believe love can fix anything. But fate has other plans. Soon, what began as a brutally honest friendship becomes the love story of their lives.

Love Story is a 1970 American romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who was also the author of the best-selling novel of the same name. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, alongside John Marley, Ray Milland, and Tommy Lee Jones in his film debut in a minor role.

A tragedy, the film is considered one of the most romantic by the American Film Institute (#9 on the list) and one of the highest grossing films in U.S and Canada of all time.[3] It was followed by a sequel, Oliver’s Story (1978), starring O’Neal with Candice Bergen.

About the Story

Oliver Barrett IV comes from an American upper-class east coast family and is heir to the Barrett fortune. He attends Harvard University, where he is very active in ice hockey. At the library, Oliver meets Jennifer “Jenny” Cavalleri, a quick-witted, working-class Radcliffe College student of classical music. She mocks him, calling him “preppy” and “jock”. Oliver finds charm and truth in her comments. They quickly fall in love, despite their differences.

Love Story (1970)

Jenny reveals her plans for the future, which include studying in Paris. Oliver is upset that he does not figure in those plans. He wants to marry Jenny and proposes. After she accepts, she is driven to the Barrett mansion to meet the old guard parents. Oliver reassures her that their class differences won’t matter. However, his parents are clearly not impressed and are judgmental.

Later, at the Harvard club Oliver’s father tells him that he will cut him off financially if he marries Jenny. Oliver storms out of the dining hall. Upon graduation from college, the two students decide to marry against the wishes of Oliver’s father, who severs ties with his son. The wedding is modern and contains no religious denomination. Jenny’s widowed father attends, although he also has concerns about their social differences.

Without his father’s financial support, the couple struggle to pay Oliver’s way through Harvard Law School. Jenny gets work as a private-school teacher. They rent the top floor of a triple decker near the Law School. Oliver graduates third in his class, winning $500, and takes a position at a respectable New York law firm. They eventually move into a doorman building, which contrasts greatly with their Cambridge digs. The 24-year-olds are ready to start a family, but when they fail to conceive they consult a medical specialist. After many tests, Oliver is informed that Jenny is terminally ill. Her exact condition is never stated explicitly, but she appears to have leukemia (confirmed by Oliver in the sequel “Oliver’s Story”).

As instructed by his doctor, Oliver attempts to live a “normal life” without telling Jenny of her condition, but she finds out after confronting her doctor about her recent illness. Oliver buys tickets to Paris but she declines, wanting only time with him. Soon after she begins costly cancer therapy, Oliver is desperate enough over the mounting expenses to seek financial relief from his father. The senior Barrett asks what the money request of $5,000 is for, but Oliver will only say that it’s “personal”. His father asks if he’s “gotten a girl in trouble,” and Oliver stands mute, allowing him to believe worse possibilities; he writes the check anyway.

From her hospital bed, Jenny makes funeral arrangements with her father, then asks for Oliver. She tells him to not blame himself, insisting that he never held her back from music and it was worth it for the love they shared. Jenny’s last wish is made when she asks him to embrace her tightly before she dies. As a grief-stricken Oliver leaves the hospital, his father confronts him outside, having rushed to New York City from Massachusetts when he heard the news. Oliver bluntly tells his father that Jenny is dead. He walks back alone to the outdoor ice rink, where Jenny had watched him skate the day she was hospitalized.

Love Story Movie Poster (1970)

Love Story (1970)

Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Starring: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland, Russell Nype, Katharine Balfour, Sydney Walker, Walker Daniels
Screenplay by: Erich Segal
Cinematography by: Richard C. Kratina
Film Editing by: Robert C. Jones
Costume Design by: Alice Manougian Martin, Pearl Somner
Set Decoration by: Philip Smith
Music by: Francis Lai
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: December 16, 1970