August 18, 2008
Warner Home Video
- Originally in English
- Released in English
Stanley Kubrick's unique spectacle tells the picaresque tale of Redmond Barry, a rougish youth who starts his foray into the world as a likable Irish lad, and ends up a rakish gambler.
After a jealous Barry shoots his beloved cousin's fiance in a duel, he is forced to flee Barryville. He embarks on a journey that leads him to the continent as a British soldier -- a job he finds less than pleasant. But he survives, and hardened by his stretch in the army, finds his way into the highest gambling circles of Europe, where his newly acquired ruthlessness stands him in good stead. After deciding he would be well served by an advantageous marriage, Barry weds Lady Lyndon, the beautiful young widow of a wealthy English knight. With his new bride comes the sumptuous Lyndon estate and new-found respectability. As a stable society man, Barry takes on the task of becoming a peer... which eventually leads to his utter ruin.
A breathtakingly sumptuous production based on the novel by William Thackeray. An 18th century rogue yearns for success, but in his quest for riches, he loses his sense of perspective. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best (Adapted) Screenplay. Academy Awards: 4, including Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design.
Produced by Hawk Films.
Running time: 3 hours, 4 minutes, 44 seconds.
John Alcott ordered custom lenses to film the parlor scene, which was lit entirely by candlelight. This scene is often cited in film schools for its revolutionary use of natural light.
The film features scenes and shot sequences that are directly modeled after period paintings by Gainsborough, Dayes, Watteau and Fragonard.
When preparing for the role of Redmond Barry, Ryan O'Neal studied fencing for the period of one year prior to filming and underwent 51 costume fittings.