Director: Stanley Kubrick

1975, 187, PG-13

Screenwriter: Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray

Cast: Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick MaGee, Hardy Krüger.


Kubrick is a filmmaker’s filmmaker – always inventing new ways to tell stories on screen with the use of camera movement, editing, sound, and especially, in Barry Lyndon, light. Inspired by the paintings of William Hogarth and the film’s 18th century setting, Kubrick shot many scenes using only candlelight, letting them linger long enough to remain in your memory. An unusually subtle Ryan O’Neal plays the movie’s Irish rogue, intent on seducing his way into the British aristocracy.

Winner, Four Academy Awards®.