Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory must be one the most effective anti-war movies ever made. Anti-war movies often run the risk of ironically glorifying war, as the audience gets caught up in the action. No such risk here. Paths of Glory is unflinching in its portrayal of conditions in the WWI trenches as hell on earth and battles as messy and brutal with very little glory to be had on either side. Kubrick shows no mercy whatsoever in portraying the French generals as monsters, utterly devoid of any trace of human decency. Kubrick’s anger at the waste and futility of war comes across loud and clear. His later Strangelove is a light touch compared with this. All the actors are excellent, particularly Kirk Douglas as the decent Colonel Dax.
A black and white movie but a riveting one. How many times have we witnessed the insane leading the masses? A sad story serving the ego's and careers of few at the expense of others.
I expected this early piece of Stanley Kubrick's to be a bit rough around the edges, showing some signs of where the acclaimed filmmaker started. But that was far from the case. Paths of Glory is just as perfectly crafted as any in his great career. It creates a tense and frustrated mood, highlighting the stupidity of military bureaucracy and structure. As is Kubrick's legacy, he gives the otherwise dark content a shade of comedy to make the film as entertaining as it is thought provoking.
A moving introduction to any one unaware of the underside of WW1.
Although a fictional tale, the events have a factual origin. Large sections of the French Army did mutiny in 1917, and much for the reasons given in this film.
As gripping a court room drama as ever placed on the screen, and an indictment of excesses of the military mind - the tragedy is that all to commonly the real villains are never brought to account.
Grim, unrelenting look at top level incompetence in the French Army during WW2. Superb direction from Stanley Kubrick, particularly during the attack on the "Ant Hill". Hard to forget.
been a kubrick fan for decades but this is the first time ive ever seen paths of glory, why i waited so long i,ll never know
a great film that brilliantly depicts the "stupidity" of command during a time of conflict, beautifully shot in b+w and a terrific performance from kirk douglas, enjoy at your lesiure.
Proabably the most brilliant anti-war movie ever made - beats his own Full
Metal Jacket - thd film that made me a Kubrick fan decades ago! And it stands
another look in 2007.
Arguably Kubrick's best movie, and a quantum leap ahead of his other anti-war movie (FULL METAL JACKET; set in tropical Vietnam but shot in less-than-tropical England!). Paths of Glory has been described as the best anti-war film ever made, and I'm certainly inclined to agree. This was filmed in typical Kubrick fashion with atmospheric lighting, all too realistic sets & the camera in front of the walking actor for long, sweeping takes. The actors are superb, with Kirk Douglas the standout as the humane and war-weary colonel Dax who is forced to defend 3 of his soldiers against trumped-up cowardice charges.
Intentionally depressing. If you like a Greek tragedy you will love this.
I'd almost forgotten George Macready's evil demeanor, but his portrayal of a glory and power seeking French General brought it all back. Perhaps Kulbrick's indictment of WWI French military higher ups has relevance today ie. lack of human rights for immates at Guantanamo. Kirk Douglas does indeed give a marvelous performance as Colonel Dax, and the black & white photography is just right for the bleak atmosphere of the film. A glimmer of hope shines through in the French tavern scene to conclude the movie.
This movie just had me glued to the screen trying to figure out how they did all of the special effects, Kubrick manages to make the barracks with bombs going off into an incredibly choreographed symphony that has to be seen to be believed, for the time and i imagine budget that this film was made it is true marvel of its time and especially relevant to current issues in the media today