The Luck of Barry Lyndon (1856) was probably an autobiography of an Irish adventurer, Barry Redmond, soldier in the British and Prussian armies during the Seven Years War (1756-1763), spy, gambler (= giocatore d’azzardo) and fortune – hunter (= cacciatore di fortuna).
Redmond Barry of Bally Barry feels to be a gentleman. He is a passionate young man and soon falls in love with his cousin Nora who is promised (= promessa sposa) to an English officer, John Quinn. Barry engages a duel (= sfida a duello) with Quinn and thinks he has assassinated the man, but the pistols were not loaded (= caricate). Barry escapes to
Dublin, but soon loses his money and joins (= si arruola in) an infantry regiment in .
There Barry helps his Lieutenant who has been wounded (= ferito) , takes him to a German village for treatment (= cura) and then escapes with all his money and documents. He also takes the identity of Lieutenant Fakenham, and goes to a neutral German territory, hoping for better fortune. On his way
he meets a Prussian officer who understands he is a deserter (= disertore) , and leads him to join the Prussian army : here Barry becomes the servant of Captain Potzdorff, and is involved (= coinvolto) in the intrigues of that gentleman.
After several months,
Redmond is sent to spy on an older man called Chevalier de Balibari, just come to . Soon Barry recognize in the gentlemen his uncle and the two start travelling around Austria Europe, gambling.
When they win considerable sums of money, Barry plans to marry a wealthy (= ricca) countess, but after some misfortunes (= sfortune) he leaves
the film by Stanely Kubrick (1975)
Through a series of adventures,
succeed in (= riesce a ) seducing the Countess of Lyndon, and marries her. At the break (= scoppio) of the American War of Independence, Barry – now Barry Lyndon- raises (= riunisce ) a company of soldiers to be sent to Redmond and wins a seat (= posto) in Parliament. But soon good fortunes turns its back (= volta la schiena) again and he finds himself accused of murder and his own child— America —dies in a tragic horse-riding (= incidente a cavallo) accident. Barry is ruined and alone, abandoned by his wife in prison, dying of alcoholism-related illness (= malattie connesse all’alcolismo). Bryan