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Darryl Wiggers' quotes from Kubrick's interview brought a
film to mind:
 
> A: I believe Thackeray used Redmond Barry to tell his own story in a
> deliberately distorted way because it made it more interesting. Instead of
> the omniscient author, Thackeray used the imperfect observer, or perhaps it
> would be more accurate to say the dishonest observer, thus allowing the
> reader to judge for himself, with little difficulty, the probable truth in
> Redmond Barry's view of his life. This technique worked extremely well in
> the novel but, of course, in a film you have objective reality in front of
> you all the time, so the effect of Thackeray's first-person story-teller
> could not be repeated on the screen. It might have worked as comedy by the
> juxtaposition of Barry's version of the truth with the reality on the
> screen, but I don't think that BARRY LYNDON should have been done as a
> comedy.
 
Like the opening scene of _Signin' in the Rain_ perhaps?
 
Sincerely,
Edward R. O'Neill
General Education Program
UCLA
 
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