Jacopo Meneghin

Abstract

My thesis contains a critical exploration of the works of director Stanley Kubrick, concentrating more specifically on his 1971 film, Barry Lyndon, examining the motivations, choices and artistic influences that led Kubrick to create one of his most discussed masterpieces.

The core of my investigation shows the relationship between eighteenth-century paintings and Kubrick’s cinematic vision and how he combined the optics of the painters of the Enlightenment period with his way of making movies. Through a careful study of the vast European pictorial art of the eighteenth century, he succeeded impeccably in turning the essence of a period film respecting its costumes and traditions.

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