Stanley Kubrick chose the 15th century Huntington Castle in Clonegal, County Carlow, Ireland as the setting for some of the scenes in film ‘Barry Lyndon’. The film which tells the story of an 18th century Irish adventurer. It was the winner of four Oscars at the Academy Awards in 1975.
Stanley Kubrick was born in New York City on July 26th 1928. Though interested in literature he did not do well at school. He was later reported to have said that nothing about school interested him. Kubrick was taught to play chess by his father. He became a skilled player and chess played an important part in the making of his films.
Before taking up filmmaking in the 1950’s Kubrick worked initially as a photographer. He began by making documentaries and made his first feature film ‘Fear and Desire’ in 1953. During his lifetime Kubrick made 10 feature films apart from Barry Lyndon. Many of his films were influential and he came to be highly regarded as a director. Spartacus (1960), Lolita (1962), Dr. Strangelove (1964), Clockwork Orange (1971), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Shining (1980), Full Metal Jacket (1987) and Eyes Wide Shut (1999) are some of his most famous films.
In 1962 Kubrick moved to England to make the film Lolita. He began to live permanently there after 1964. He died at his home in England shortly after a private screening of his final film, ‘Eyes Wide Shut’.
Stanley Kubrick died at the age of seventy at his home in Hertfordshire, England in the year 1999 On This Day.