Paths of Glory 1957

Safe in their picturesque chateau behind the front lines, the French General Staff passes down a direct order to Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas, in one of his greatest performances): take the Ant Hill at any cost. A blatant suicide mission, the attack is doomed to…
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Safe in their picturesque chateau behind the front lines, the French General Staff passes down a direct order to Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas, in one of his greatest performances): take the Ant Hill at any cost. A blatant suicide mission, the attack is doomed to failure. Covering up their fatal blunder, the Generals order the arrest of three innocent soldiers, charging them with cowardice and mutiny.

Dax, a lawyer in civilian life, rises to the men's defence but soon realises that unless he can prove that the Generals were to blame, nothing less than a miracle will save his clients from a firing squad. A timeless, compelling masterpiece from writer/director Stanley Kubrick and screenwriters Calder Willingham and Jim Thompson, Paths Of Glory is a blistering indictment of military politics. Boasting a brilliant ensemble cast and some astonishing photography, this is an unforgettable movie experience.

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  • Chilling story line. Brilliant acting by Kirk Douglas. Shows how absolute power corrupts absolutely!

    Pia
  • Excellent WW1 war drama - the same plot as "Breaker Morant" but skillfully acted and shot by Kubrick in his powerfully cold mechanical style, only breaking down at the end. Moving and unflinching.

  • Brilliant in all respects. Amazing what "sane" men can do to their fellow man under the pretext of exerting authority. And not a Muslim in sight.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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