Despite the lack of box-office success, Stanley Kubrick
's Barry Lyndon is often considered one of the legendary auteur's finest technical achievements. The tale of Redmond Barry
), an Irish rogue who finesses his way up the social ladder in 18th-century Europe, has been praised for its accuracy in recreating a bygone era while still pushing the limits of cinematic technology forward.
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As time has gone on, the film has become more appreciated for its masterful craftsmanship. As per usual with a Kubrick film, the sprawling three-hour film underwent a long and laborious production.