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Paths of Glory

Genres: Drama, War, Criterion Collection, World War I, Military / War Drama

Cast: Kirk Douglas

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Synopsis: A pivotal work by Stanley Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange), PATHS OF GLORY is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. A fiery Kirk Douglas (Ace in the Hole, Spartacus) stars as a French colonel serving in World War I who goes head-to-head with the army's ruthless top brass when his men are accused of cowardice after being unable to carry out an impossible mission. This haunting, exquisitely photographed dissection of the military machine in all its absurdity and capacity for dehumanization (a theme Kubrick would continue to explore throughout his career) is assembled with its legendary director's customary precision, from its tense trench warfare sequences to its gripping courtroom climax to its ravaging final scene.

Language: English

Country of Origin: United States of America

Production Year: 1957

Reviews:

  • "It may be the best movie ever to come out of Hollywood.", David Shipman,
  • "This masterpiece still packs a wallop.", Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
  • "Terrifying, devastating... A great anti-war film that has not lost its power.", Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

Paths of Glory
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