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Paths of Glory (1957)

5 Ratings: 4.6
Action & Adventure and Military & War movie directed by Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick had already made his talent known with the outstanding racetrack heist thrillerThe Killing, but it was the 1957 antiwar masterpiecePaths of Glorythat catapulted Kubrick to international acclaim. Based on the novel by Humphrey Cobb, the … see full wiki

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Genre: War, Action, Adventure
3 reviews about Paths of Glory (1957)
review by . August 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
When the leadership at the top is rotten!!!
As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men.       Stanley Kubrick's "Paths of Glory" depicts the futility and irony of the war in the trenches in WWI.   French battalion commander Col. Dax (Kirk Douglas) must deal with the mutiny of his men and a glory-seeking general after part of his force falls …
review by . February 19, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
I saw this film in a college course on film and I realize why. It is one of the best directed films ever made. The black and white works to perfection.This is my favorite Kirk Douglas film about the French military during WWI. A group of French soldiers are sent on an impossible mission. When they obviously fail, the General afraid of losing face for a stupid decision, decides to court martial some of the soldiers as a punishment. Three soldiers are singled out. One obviously fought very bravely …
review by . July 01, 2003
It has been almost 50 years since this anti-war film appeared, one which was banned in France until 1970. It is based on Humphrey Cobb's novel. Directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Kirk Douglas who also produced it, the film examines a fictional (but nonetheless wholly believable) situation during World War One when French troops are ordered to achieve an impossible military objective: Climb and secure the "Ant Hill," a heavily-fortified German position. Of course the troops are decimated. Whom …
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