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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: Special features: audio commentary, interviews, and essay by Kubrick scholar James Naremore.
Originally released in 1957 as a motion picture.
Title from container.
CPL DVD# 6092653
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 62 109 118 133 153 226 245
ISBN: 9781604653403
Statement of Responsibility: producer, James B. Harris ; director, Stanley Kubrick
Performers: Kirk Douglas.
System Details: DVD; widescreen presentation; mono.
Subject Headings: Cobb, Humphrey, 1899-1944 Film adaptations. World War, 1914-1918 France Drama.
Genre/Form: Fiction films-2010.
Feature films-2010.
DVD-Video discs-2010.
War films
War films.
Topical Term: World War, 1914-1918
Publisher No: CC1942D
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Aug 14, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Paths of Glory" is one of Director Stanley Kubrick's first major films. He was chosen by the producer and star of the film Kirk Douglas. (Kubrick and Kirk Douglas would make both of their next pictures together again in the film "Spartacus".) The futility of war is tightly drawn with scenes of our troops pinned down against superior enemy troops. Orders come to Kirk Douglas that trouble his conscience and he must weigh his options. The battle scenes are so real with our troop fighting on even against an enemy they cannot even see. So we never see them either. Kirk Douglas is almost in every frame of the movie and he is terrific. Five Stars for bringing such a great movie to the screen. This one will be watched for generations to come!
P.S: Kubrick would go on to make such famous anti war movies as "Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" and Full Metal Jacket". On all the above movies Kubrick also was on the screenwriting team. A man of many talents that left us so many major films.

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.

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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