Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Running time: 184 minutes
Sunday 12 February 2012
Auditorium, White Cube Bermondsey
“I've got a peculiar weakness for criminals and artists - neither takes life as it is. Any tragic story has to be in conflict with things as they are.”
The 1975 masterpiece and infamous box office failure of Stanley Kubrick, Barry Lyndon is an adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's 1844 novel 'The Luck of Barry Lyndon', which depicts the epic rise and fall of a dubious Irish rogue as he drifts between the courts, battlefields and spas of a rigid and hierarchical 18th-century Europe. Played by Ryan O'Neal, young Redmond Barry leaves home to seek his fortune after apparently killing an English officer in a duel. Through a series of calculated mishaps, he ends up living as a gambler among Europe's elite and marrying a wealthy titled widow within the British aristocracy. Wanting to create the most authentic period feature ever made, Kubrick used no sets for his film - choosing only real locations and attempting to shoot mainly by sunlight and candelight. With Oscar-winning design by Ken Adam and cinematography by John Alcott the film was heavily influenced by paintings from the period and although critically derided at the time of its release, it has since been re-evaulated. The film has been described by Martin Scorsese as "one of the most emotional films I have ever seen".
Reservation is not necessary, but places are limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.