Barry Lyndon script
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Synopsis: Barry Lyndon is a 1975 British-American period drama film written, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the 1844 novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray. It stars Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, and Hardy Krüger. The film recounts the exploits of a fictional 18th-century Irish adventurer. Exteriors were shot on location in Ireland, England and Germany.

INT. BALLROOM AT FENCIBLES - NIGHT

Dorothy and Roderick entering.

RODERICK (V.O.)

Once, the officers of the Kilwangen

regiment gave a grand ball to which

Dorothy persuaded my to take her.

Several cuts depicting the evening.

Dorothy ignores Roderick; dances, chats, laughs, drinks

punch, and finally, strolls outside with Captain Best.

Roderick makes a half-hearted try at dancing with Miss

Clancy.

RODERICK (V.O.)

I have endured torments in my life,

but none like that. Some of the

prettiest girls there offered to

console me, for I was the best

dancer in the room, but I was too

wretched, and so remained alone all

night in a state of agony. I did

not care for drink, or know the

dreadful comfort of it in those

days; but I thought of killing

myself and Dorothy, and most

certainly of making away with

Captain Best.

EXT. FENCIBLES BALLROOM - DAWN

The guests leaving and saying their goodbyes.

RODERICK (V.O.)

At last, and at morning, the ball

was over.

EXT. ROAD - DAWN

Dorothy and Roderick on horseback together.

DOROTHY:

Sure it's a bitter night, Roderick

dear, and you'll catch cold without

a handkerchief to your neck.

To this sympathetic remark, from the pillion, the saddle

made no reply.

DOROTHY:

Did you and Miss Clancy have a

pleasant evening, Roderick? You

were together, I saw, all night.

To this, the saddle only replies by grinding his teeth,

and giving a lash to Daisy.

DOROTHY:

Oh! Mercy, you make Daisy rear and

throw me, you careless creature,

you.

The pillion had by this got her arm around the saddle's

waist, and gave it the gentlest squeeze in the world.

RODERICK:

I hate Miss Clancy, you know I do!

And I only danced with her because

-- because -- the person with whom I

intended to dance chose to be

engaged the whole night.

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Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance, Kubrick's father sent him in 1940 to Pasadena, California, to stay with his uncle, Martin Perveler. Returning to the Bronx in 1941 for his last year of grammar school, there seemed to be little change in his attitude or his results. Hoping to find something to interest his son, Jack introduced Stanley to chess, with the desired result. Kubrick took to the game passionately, and quickly became a skilled player. Chess would become an important device for Kubrick in later years, often as a tool for dealing with recalcitrant actors, but also as an artistic motif in his films. more…

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