Legendary director Stanley Kubrick’s tenth feature film, the Oscar® and BAFTA-winning historical drama Barry Lyndon, will be back on big screens again this summer. Released by the BFI in cinemas across the UK from 29 July 2016, it is not only one of Kubrick’s finest and most influential films, but has been named as one of the greatest films ever made in polls including Sight & Sound and TIME.

In this adaption of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel about the exploits of an 18th century Irish adventurer, Ryan O’Neal stars as Redmond Barry (later Barry Lyndon) and Marisa Berenson is Lady Lyndon. Among the great supporting cast are Patrick McGee, Hardy Krüger, Diana Koerner, Leon Vitali, Steven Berkoff, Murray Melvin and Leonard Rossiter.

Only a cinema screen can do justice to the stunning visuals of Barry Lyndon. Kubrick went to incredible lengths in his research of the period in order to re-create it accurately. Inspired by painters such as Thomas Gainsborough and William Hogarth, the film has a beautiful, painterly look, enhanced by filming in natural or historically accurate light sources. Some scenes were lit only by candlelight, captured by the super-fast lenses of Oscar®-winning cinematographer John Alcott.

The re-release of Barry Lyndon coincides with Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick in partnership with Canon, an original exhibition at Somerset House, London, running from 30 June29 August. A host of contemporary artists, filmmakers and musicians will showcase works inspired by Stanley Kubrick, curated by Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder, artist and DJ James Lavelle, in celebration of this genius and giant of cinema.

Barry Lyndon is the fifth film to be re-released by the BFI in a long-running partnership with Warner Bros., which has already brought thousands of people back into cinemas to see Doctor Zhivago,Blade Runner: The Final Cut, 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining over the last few years.

 

By Michael Dickinson

Michael is the VultureHound Film Editor.