In pictures: Stanley Kubrick making Barry Lyndon

Exclusive behind-the-scenes images courtesy of the Stanley Kubrick Archive showing the director in production on his lavish 18th-century period masterpiece Barry Lyndon.

Samuel Wigley
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Between takes at the army encampment. In Kubrick’s adaptation of William Thackeray’s picaresque novel, Ryan O’Neal plays the 18th-century adventurer Redmond Barry. Fleeing his hometown after taking part in a duel, Barry enlists in the British army and travels to the continent to fight in the Seven Years’ War

Between takes at the army encampment. In Kubrick’s adaptation of William Thackeray’s picaresque novel, Ryan O’Neal plays the 18th-century adventurer Redmond Barry. Fleeing his hometown after taking part in a duel, Barry enlists in the British army and travels to the continent to fight in the Seven Years’ War
Credit: With thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London

Kubrick and O’Neal chatting during filming of the communal dinner scene in Barry’s Irish hometown. It’s at this table that Barry comes to blows with his love rival John Quin (Leonard Rossiter), a British army captain – the conflict that sets our hero’s adventures in motion

Kubrick and O’Neal chatting during filming of the communal dinner scene in Barry’s Irish hometown. It’s at this table that Barry comes to blows with his love rival John Quin (Leonard Rossiter), a British army captain – the conflict that sets our hero’s adventures in motion
Credit: With thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London

Kubrick setting up a shot with Ryan O’Neal

Kubrick setting up a shot with Ryan O’Neal
Credit: With thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London

Kubrick surveys the scene from atop the camera platform, as his crew and extras mingle below

Kubrick surveys the scene from atop the camera platform, as his crew and extras mingle below
Credit: With thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London

The director prepares a shot. His cinematographer on the film was John Alcott, who won the Oscar for best cinematography on what is often referred to as one of the most beautiful films ever made. Alcott also collaborated with Kubrick on A Clockwork Orange (1971) and The Shining (1980)

The director prepares a shot. His cinematographer on the film was John Alcott, who won the Oscar for best cinematography on what is often referred to as one of the most beautiful films ever made. Alcott also collaborated with Kubrick on A Clockwork Orange (1971) and The Shining (1980)
Credit: With thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London

Filming the bare-knuckle brawl at the army encampment, in which Barry is pitted into combat with a troublemaker called Toole. Toole is played by actor and wrestler Pat Roach, who would later turn up as various strongmen in the first three Indiana Jones films, Clash of the Titans (1981) and Never Say Never Again (1983)

Filming the bare-knuckle brawl at the army encampment, in which Barry is pitted into combat with a troublemaker called Toole. Toole is played by actor and wrestler Pat Roach, who would later turn up as various strongmen in the first three Indiana Jones films, Clash of the Titans (1981) and Never Say Never Again (1983)
Credit: With thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London

Kubrick with actors Ryan O’Neal and Godfrey Quigley, filming the scene in which Barry’s friend Captain Grogan (Quigley) is mortally wounded in battle

Kubrick with actors Ryan O’Neal and Godfrey Quigley, filming the scene in which Barry’s friend Captain Grogan (Quigley) is mortally wounded in battle
Credit: With thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London

Marisa Berenson being made up as the beautiful Countess of Lyndon. Barry’s fortunes take an upward turn in the second half of the film, when he meets the countess at a gambling table and subsequently seduces her

Marisa Berenson being made up as the beautiful Countess of Lyndon. Barry’s fortunes take an upward turn in the second half of the film, when he meets the countess at a gambling table and subsequently seduces her
Credit: With thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London

Kubrick with actor Patrick Magee as the Chevalier de Balibari. Barry is employed by the Prussians to befriend the Chevalier, whom they suspect is a spy, and to report on his activities

Kubrick with actor Patrick Magee as the Chevalier de Balibari. Barry is employed by the Prussians to befriend the Chevalier, whom they suspect is a spy, and to report on his activities
Credit: With thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London

Kubrick shares a joke with O’Neal and Berenson

Kubrick shares a joke with O’Neal and Berenson
Credit: With thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London

Surveilling the scene from on high. Notice the floral garden chair with the words ‘Stanley Kubrick’ emblazoned on the back – a picnic-ready alternative to the traditional director’s chair

Surveilling the scene from on high. Notice the floral garden chair with the words ‘Stanley Kubrick’ emblazoned on the back – a picnic-ready alternative to the traditional director’s chair
Credit: With thanks to the SK Film Archives LLC, Warner Bros. and University of the Arts London

Barry Lyndon is back in cinemas from 29 July 2016

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