Young Irish rogue Redmond Barry lies, dupes, duels and seduces his way up the social ladder and enters into a lustful but loveless marriage to a wealthy countess named Lady Lyndon (Marisa Berenson). He takes the name of Barry Lyndon and settles in England with wealth and power beyond his wildest dreams: then slowly falls dramatically into ruin.
Despite the movie’s visual splendour and wit, it remains uninvolving – possibly because of the repressed nature of Lady Lyndon’s character. But this seems to be a directorial decision rather that Marisa Berenson’s lack of acting ability: for once her lack of facial expression and limited emotional palette (as well as her fragile beauty) seem to be precisely the reasons she was cast in the role.
Alan Boyle, Ann Brodie, Jill Carpenter, Yvonne Coppard & Barbara Daly were the makeup artists; Leonard was the wig maker and hair stylist; Susie Hill & Joyce James were hair stylists.