Barry Lydon was written and directed by Stanley Kurick in 1975. The British-American film is based on the novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeasce Thackeray. The film tells the story of Barry Lyndon (Ryan O'Neal) an Irish adventurer. The film is divided into two acts. The first act tells the story of Barry's love for his cousin Nora (Gay Hamilton), and his willingness to die for her love. After fighting an English military officer (Leonard Rossiter) in a duel, he is forced to flee to Dublin. Forced into monetary desperation, Barry seeks money the only way he can - through marriage. The second act follows his courtship with the merry widow, The Countess of Lyndon (Marisa Berenson) and his rise as a man of power. Life as member of the 18th century bureaucracy is not easy, however, and Barry will have to learn a totally different skill set to survive his new way of life.