Rating: PG
Length: 199 mins
Cast: Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee

If period dramas normally leave you cold, that’s because you haven’t seen what a director like Kubrick can do with them. Adapting a little-known novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, a fortune-hunting Irish rogue (Ryan O’Neal) trips his way through 18th century high society gladly taking any opportunity to climb his way up the ladder of wealth and privilege, with elbows out if necessary. Determined not to mimic the artificial look of many period dramas of the time, Kubrick and cinematographer John Alcott (who won an Oscar for his trouble) developed means via camera lenses with extraordinary aperture capabilities to film in actual candlelight, lending the film a stately, painterly vision that other period pieces can only hope to ape.

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