Barry Lyndon is a 1975 period drama film directed, produced, and written by American director Stanley Kubrick during 1970s. The story is based on a picaresque novel titled The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray which was itself inspired by a true story of Anglo-Irish adventurer named Andrew Robinson Stoney.
It stars Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Kruger, Gay Hamilton, and Diana Koerner in the main roles along with other cast members. The plotline follows a member of Irish gentry who wants to become the part of English aristocracy.
Where was Barry Lyndon filmed?
The historical drama Barry Lyndon was filmed inside England, Ireland, and Germany during 1973 under a big budget of $11 Million of that time. Filming began in May 1973 and wrapped up in January 1974 covering eight months.
That project was financed by Warner Bros when a major box-office star was confirmed to cast in the form of Ryan O’Neal. Robert Redford was also given the offer but he declined the deal and O’Neal got the role due to his strong Irish heritage and right age.
The storytelling required 18th century buildings and old interiors, Ireland served as the ideal location for that.
Director Stanley took off to Dublin in May 1973 to begin the filming covering the locations of Castletown House, Waterford, Thomastown, Ardmore Studios, Moorstown castle, etc.
The crew got a chance to film the scenes at some special locations like Dublin Castle and the old Powerscourt House which were destroyed just after a few months of filming.
After the director was tipped off about potential terrorist threats in Ireland, the crew fled to a stately home in Southwest England, United Kingdom. However, most of the filming was done within Ireland.
Italian water gardens and the garden party of Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire were utilized for filming purposes along with some nearby places.
Several scenes were filmed inside Germany including the home of Balibari where Barry admits his deception and become the servant of Chevalier, the house is located Schloss Ludwigsburg, Stuttgart, Germany.
Hohenzollern Castle at Hechingen is a real castle located about 40 miles away from Stuttgart, the place where Barry and Balibari begin their gambling career. Production wrapped up in Neues Palais, Sans Souci, Potsdam, Berlin in January 1974.
A lot of historical and war films have been already filmed inside Germany. Some are Rumspringa, The Bourne, Operation Mincemeat, Grand Budapest Hotel, The Bombardment, Eddie on the Edge, Kitz, Captain America: Civil War, etc. were filmed inside Germany.
Barry Lyndon Review
The film has received mixed reviews from the critics over the past years but still the movie is able to secure an IMDb rating of 8.1 out of 10. Moreover, at the time of release in 1975, the movie became a blockbuster and was deemed a commercial success.
At the 48th Academy awards ceremony, this film of Stanley took away four best awards including Best Art Direction, Costume Design, Best Scoring: Original Song Score, and Best Cinematography within the same year.