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13 — 14 May 2009

Cast: Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee

Wed 13 & Thur 14 May 7.00

Dir: Stanley Kubrick (1975 /BFI REISSUE 2009) UK 3hrs 4min (plus 10 min interval)

Cast: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee

Arguably the greatest achievement of Stanley Kubrick's remarkable career, this supremely elegant version of Thackeray's novel chronicles the progress of an Irish rogue (Ryan O'Neal) as he makes his often ruthlessly ambitious way through the battlefields and boudoirs of 18th-century Europe. Though justly praised for Ken Adam's production design and John Alcott's cinematography (the candlelit interiors are especially stunning), for a host of perfectly pitched performances, and for a judiciously assembled soundtrack that takes in Handel, Schubert and the Chieftains, on its initial release the film didn't really receive the recognition it deserved. Now, however, the stately pacing and the meticulous balancing of cruel irony and dry wit may be seen as essential elements in an exquisitely subtle and cool assessment of life's vicissitudes. (Geoff Andrew, Time Out)