Anyway, here is for my intended approach.
I am doing a (as far it’s possible) faithful recreation of the titles used:
- Intro credits
- Part 1 & 2 intertitles (Intermission was absent in the German version, it will be blacked out)
- End credits
For the End credits, I already identified the font used, so it will be not a problem.
For the intertitles for Parts 1, 2 & Epilogue, I have designed a font recreating the original typeface designed by Bill Gold. The font is in a semibold typeface as used in the film, and contains only capital letters. Some letters (N, R & K) have quite striking differences, having a swishy hanging tail, as seen in the movie’s title, Barry Lyndon (note the second R and the first N).
Also, there are some slight differences in design of some characters, for example, the first and the second E in EPILOGUE (the 2nd is higher).
These design differences are accommodated by two different sets of uppercase letters in the font.
Also, there are side ornaments, for instance, on B from “Barry” or on “N” from Lyndon. Also, the left ornament exists in two versions, a rounder and a narrower one.
These ornaments are created as separate characters which can be attached from the left or the right of the respective character.
Also, the font is to have numbers, punctuation and European accents.
All in all, it looks sufficient as for recreation of the German titles (with the help of the VHS footage for placement and timing).
Here a first test.
- BluRay screenshots
- Book “Barry Lyndon Book & DVD set” by Taschen, containing three hi-res stills of the titles.
However, this font won’t be able to cover the lowercase letters used for the intro credits (“a film by Stanley Kubrick”). However, there is a solution for that, too.