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Paths of Glory

(DVD - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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During WWI, a French battalion is ordered on a suicide mission that is likely to fail. When it does, the general that planned the mission selects three soldiers from the battalion to be executed for cowardice, and selects their leader as their attorney.
Title: Paths of glory
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, 2010.
Edition: Special ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: CPL DVD# 6092653
Title from container.
Originally released in 1957 as a motion picture.
Special features: audio commentary, interviews, and essay by Kubrick scholar James Naremore.
Summary: During WWI, a French battalion is ordered on a suicide mission that is likely to fail. When it does, the general that planned the mission selects three soldiers from the battalion to be executed for cowardice, and selects their leader as their attorney.
Local Note: 6 15 53 62 118 153 226 245
Additional Contributors: Douglas, Kirk - 1916-
Kubrick, Stanley
Harris, James B. - 1928-
Cobb, Humphrey - 1899-1944.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 9781604653403
Statement of Responsibility: producer, James B. Harris ; director, Stanley Kubrick
Performers: Kirk Douglas.
System Details: DVD; widescreen presentation; mono.
Subject Headings: World War, 1914-1918 France Drama. Cobb, Humphrey, 1899-1944 Film adaptations.
Genre/Form: War films.
War films
DVD-Video discs-2010.
Feature films-2010.
Fiction films-2010.
Topical Term: World War, 1914-1918
Publisher No: CC1942D
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Jul 12, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best films I have seen in this year. It was entertaining and interesting. Great performances a must see for all. Truly a really great movie worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. Well worth the price of admission to any theater.

Jul 01, 2014
  • AQUILEA777 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Corrupt egotism in military command, where others' lives count for little in the quest for victory and promotion. French Army, 1916, but fits all wars. Tight, rapid script -- strong performances. Swift, compelling pace, unlike later Kubricks. Gritty, convincing B&W scenes of trenches and surge across No Man's Land. One of the very best films of its type.

Jun 27, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Kirk Douglas can be proud to have made The Paths of Glory! Kirk leads his men into battle on orders he disagrees with. He fights to change them, but to no avail. Kirk Douglas in Paths of Glory remains honorable and respected even though he led a failed mission. The futility of war is underscored in Paths of Glory. Kirk Douglas bought a noble battle!

Feb 16, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An incredibly bold film for its time -- I still can't believe Kubrick made this in '57... This one put him on the map (maybe because it was banned for years around the globe...) Kirk was great, but I still think his best film was "Lonely Are The Brave". Timothy Carey stole the show for me. The man was an enigma. FIVE STARS.

Jan 02, 2013
  • CheeseWiz rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the best anti-war films. Kirk Douglas puts on a great performance. Definitely a powerful movie that you want to watch one time, and one time only. It doesn't have much replay value if you know what happens though.

War scenes followed by that petty deranged pathology masculinity has become. Now that's an 'anti-war' film! -- not "Saving Private Ryan". With Ralph Meeker, Kubrick had the first and only 'Film Noir' war film, too.

Jul 24, 2012
  • rhys33 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best movies ever released. The genius of Stanley Kubrick shows through in this amazing 1957 film. The cinematography is fantastic.

Dec 12, 2011
  • avisualfeel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the finest films I have ever seen! Probably one of Kirk Douglas's better films! Kubrick takes us into WWI trenches & the psychological fear & bravery felt by the maddening warfare is finely captured in this film. The scapegoats are like maze mice while hypocrite leaders decide their fate. Embarrassing truths in the annals of human history!

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Jul 12, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

Jul 12, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Those who would trade liberty for security deserve neither.”-Ben Franklin

Feb 16, 2014
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Title taken from Thomas Gray's 'Elegy written in a country churchyard': "The paths of glory lead but to the grave".

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