Screening + live score
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Wordless Music Orchestra
Ryan McAdams, conductor
“A film is–or should be–more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.” –Stanley Kubrick
Redmond Barry (Ryan O’Neal) is a young, roguish Irishman who’s determined, in any way, to make a life for himself as a wealthy nobleman. Enlisting in the British Army and fighting in Europe’s Seven Years War, Barry deserts, then joins the Prussian army, gets promoted to the rank of a spy, and becomes a pupil to a Chevalier and con artist/gambler. Barry then lies, dupes, duels and seduces his way up the social ladder, entering into a lustful but loveless marriage to a wealthy countess named Lady Lyndon (Marisa Berenson). He takes the name of Barry Lyndon, settles in England with wealth and power beyond his wildest dreams, before eventually falling into ruin.
BARRY LYNDON’s Oscar-winning soundtrack features Irish traditional music and military marches, along with baroque and classical themes by Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach, and Paisiello. Most notable are interpretations of Schubert’s Piano Trio in E-Flat Major, D. 929, which emerges as a recurring, melancholic love theme for Lady Lyndon, and Handel’s Sarabande, a heartbreaking melody that embodies the tragedy of Barry’s wasted life.
The sublime score will be performed by the 50-piece Wordless Music Orchestra, and conducted by Ryan McAdams. BARRY LYNDON will be projected in a 2K DCP restoration in its live score world premiere on April 8, 2017 at Brooklyn’s premiere movie palace, Kings Theatre (1027 Flatbush Avenue), one of the five Loews ‘Wonder Theatres,’ opened in 1929 and magnificently restored in 2015. The program is approximately three hours, with one intermission.
Saturday, April 8 at 8pm
Kings Theatre, Brooklyn (1027 Flatbush Avenue)
Classical 105.9 FM WQXR is a media partner of this event.