Behind the Scenes Look at Barry Lyndon
When you think of Stanley Kubrick, most of us immediately think of 2001: A Space Odyssey or A Clockwork Orange. One of Kubrick's most accomplished films is actually Barry Lyndon. If you haven't watched it, watch it now! Just be prepared for three hours and twenty three minutes of slow, meticulously crafted scenes, costumes, and nuances.
PHOTO CREDIT: Cinephilla & Beyond
PHOTO CREDIT: Vivian Kubrick
Facts we found about the movie:
- It was based off of the 1844 novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray, Kubrick's desire to adapt Vanity Fair and his obsession with Napoleon;
- The camera lens used was developed by NASA, and was essential for the unique look of the film, especially in the candle lit scenes.
- He sought out 18th century clothing for costume design and inspiration;
- His daughter, Vivian, appears in the magic show scene;
- The shoot for this film was an astounding 350+ days, this was in part due to Kubrick's perfectionism, but also because CANDLES that had to be replaced every time they burnt down;
Lastly, after the success of 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon was considered a commercial disappointment. That didn't stop the acclaim for the film. It tied with Spartacus for the Kubrick film with the most Oscars, at four (Best Art Direction, Set Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography and Best Musical Score).
We found a great in-depth article written by Cinephilla & Beyond about Barry Lyndon, click the button below to read more: