Originally Posted by Pedro
Stone has a Midas touch; everything he touches turns to Stones agenda.
It's funny how many historians will go to great lengths to diminish hollywood except for Kubrick's historical films.
There were countless historical errors in Barry Lyndon but some historians still agree that it was the most historically accurate movie ever made. Here are some errors to name a few
1. Lab in boat when Barry was fishing (Not a breed until around 1900)
2. Steam train on map
3. In the first battle one of the British Soldiers can be seen with an 1873 45/70 Trap Door Springfield Rifle.
4. Rapid firing without reloading. The British tactics during the skirmish were not accurate at all. French soldiers fired, British soldiers didn't, they just rushed in combat
5. Lady Lyndon's makeup wasn't accurate at all. The purple blush and the eyeliner all made her look 70s.
6. Narrator says "About this time, the United Kingdom was in a state of great excitement.. " The United Kingdom came into being in 1801
7. The flags shown in the scenes of Barry's service in the Prussian army are from three different regiments.
8. When Barry and Lord Bullingdon fight a duel, a coin is tossed to determine who shoots first. When alternate shots are taken in a pistol duel, the challenged always shoots first and the challenger shoots second. Barry should have shot first followed by Lord Bullingdon.
9. Captain Potzdorf and Colonel Bulow have mustaches in the film. No officers in the Prussian army wore facial hair, with the exception of hussar (light cavalry) officers.
With that being said, my point is that I think there were less historical errors in Alexander but Barry Lyndon's credibility is much higher in the list of most accurate period films.