“Your feelings about Barry are mixed,” said Stanley Kubrick
, “but he has charm and courage, and it’s impossible not to like him despite his vanity, his insensitivity, and his weakness.” The title character of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel, played by Ryan O’Neal, is a social-climbing opportunist who succeeds in marrying a beautiful aristocrat far above his social station (Marissa Berenson), only to see his gains eventually undone by his avarice and spite.
Meticulously conceived and sumptuously photographed—using a specially-modified lens and almost exclusively lit by candles and natural light—Barry Lyndon
is a cinematic masterpiece without equal
. Despite underwhelming audiences and critics alike when it was released in 1975, the film has quietly risen in the ranks of Kubrick’s canon and is now widely considered to be among his finest achievements.This set includes:
- a booklet gathering film stills, behind-the-scenes photographs, screenplay drafts, and other exclusive material from Stanley Kubrick’s archives
- a fold-out film poster
- a DVD of the remastered film