Paths Of Glory (1957)

STANLEY KUBRICK

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB

USA, 1957.  Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Exceptional war film by Stanley Kubrick that contains elements viewers will recognize from his later films such as Full Metal Jacket and even 2001: A Space Odyssey.  is terrific as an army officer who takes on the task of defending three soldiers accused of cowardice in a military court martial, following their regiment’s failure to take a hill during the first World War. Their sadistic commander () is mainly trying to cover up his shame for his failure and putting the blame on his subordinates, giving Douglas quite the job to do in what is obviously a show trial. A superb film that, like most of Kubrick’s work, is achieved on a magnificent technical level as well as an intellectual one, with its military setting the perfect ground for fleshing out the director’s favourite themes of dehumanization and conformity.

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