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Paths of Glory
Crime, Drama, War
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Stanley Kubrick
Kirk Douglas as Col. Dax
Ralph Meeker as Cpl. Philippe Paris
Adolphe Menjou as Gen. George Broulard
George Macready as Gen. Paul Mireau
Wayne Morris as Lt. Roget / Singing man
Richard Anderson as Maj. Saint-Auban
Joe Turkel as Pvt. Pierre Arnaud (as Joseph Turkel)
Christiane Kubrick as German singer (as Susanne Christian)
Jerry Hausner as Proprietor of cafe
Peter Capell as Narrator of opening sequence / Judge (colonel) of court-martial
Emile Meyer as Father Dupree
Bert Freed as Sgt. Boulanger
Kem Dibbs as Pvt. Lejeune
Timothy Carey as Pvt. Maurice Ferol
Storyline: The futility and irony of the war in the trenches in WWI is shown as a unit commander in the French army must deal with the mutiny of his men and a glory-seeking general after part of his force falls back under fire in an impossible attack.
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Stands the Test of Time
An arrogant French general (a superb George Macready) orders his men on a suicide mission and then has the gall to try to court marshal and execute three of them for cowardice in the face of the enemy. A former lawyer turned colonel (Kirk Douglas in his prime) is the voice of reason against gross injustice. This excellently staged and wonderfully acted production is as much an acting showcase for Douglas as it is a directorial masterstroke by a young Stanley Kubrick who adapted this to the screen from a novel based on actual accounts.

Kubrick displays a great control of sound effects and camera movement in the brief but effective battle scenes that expertly depict the controlled chaos that was trench warfare during WWI. Things get juicier during the ensuing courtroom battle where the deafening disparity between the elite who propagate and profit from war and the common citizens who suffer and die in war is shown with great lucidity.

Unlike later Kubrick epics, this runs at a crisp 90 minutes, though suffers briefly from a slow and awkwardly staged opening ten minutes before Douglas comes on screen. Ultimately, this holds up very well to modern scrutiny thanks to the flawlessness of Kurbick's craft, the amazing ensemble acting, and the surprising depth of its philosophical and psychological pondering. "Paths of Glory" is more anti-arrogance than anti-war, and is unapologetically sentimental and pro-soldier. As such, much can still be gleaned from its message.
"The boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow'r, And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, Awaits alike th'inevitable hour. The paths of glory lead but to the grave."
I have seen "Paths of Glory" after having learnt that it has similar similar themes and storyline to "All Quiet on the Western Front". After this one there are only two featured Kubrickian movies for me to be seen: Lolita and Barry Lyndon.Since these two movies were adapted from two known world classics one should first know the book before seeing the movies in my opinion.Paths of Glory is loosely based upon the true story of five soldiers who were prosecuted for the cowardice in the face of the enemy. The movies uses three soldiers for the storyline.On a time when the French and German army developed into a continuous line of heavily fortified trenches a selfish overambitious French general during World War I orders a regiment on a suicidal mission to take the Ant hill to get promotion he has been promised. When the soldiers are under constant artillery fire the regiment refuses to leave the trenches with the third of men are dead. The general's order to open fire on his own squad and his accusations of mutiny of the simple soldiers display how Paths of Glory,with a masterly finesse, is making a mockery of the idiocy of high-ranking officials in the army.It depicts the wanton characteristics of the homo sapiens who could just rule out his entire nation for his personal ambitions.Kirk Douglas as the Colonel Dax, who leads the soldiers in the attack and is the counsel of three soldiers before the court-martial is totally great. His lines and cross-examination in the farce court make a laughingstock of war,the judiciary system of the army and the ambitions of the ignorant higher-ups. After having seen this one and Full Metal Jacket I said to myself I wish Kubrick could have done more war movies instead of involving in film-noir or a space flick.
Stanley Kubirck and Kirk Douglas at their very best!
Stanley Kubrick's 1957 masterpiece is a movie that looks fresh and sharper than most of today's movies. The story follows the french army during the days of the first world war. General George Boulard (Adolphe Menjou) has an impossible mission for his subordinate Gen. Paul Mireau (a vicious George Macready) who knows the high risk of such mission but takes it because he was promised to get another star after accomplishing the mission. The mission is to take on the "Ant Hill", a territory that for some reason is valuable to the high ranks. Kirk Douglas plays the part of The field commander Col. Dax, a man who unlike his fellow officers, has a decency towards his soldiers but can't save them from the cruelty lack of justice of the military system which is built only to protect the commanding officers. There are some cynical and sharp dialogs (something that's often missing from todays movies) delivered perfectly by all actors. Kirk Douglas is in top form here and brings a memorable performance. There isn't any dull or wasted moments here, every scene is significant and will keep you glued to your seat. Overall it's a fascinating classic that is well worth watching. Highly Recommended 10/10
A strong anti-war statement
Stanley Kubrick's 1957 war film, "Paths of Glory" based on a novel of the same name by Humphrey Cobb is more of an anti-war statement. Hence, calling it a 'war film' wouldn't be right, as it does not lie in the same category as other war films, plot-wise.

The film is set during World War I. The story focuses on the war between the French and the Germans. General Mireau (George Macready) sends his division headed by Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) on a suicidal mission to take over a prominent German position called "Anthill". Initially Mireau is reluctant to carry out this task, but is enticed by an offer of promotion from his superiors. With this in mind, he practically forces Dax to begin with the mission. Col. Dax, also aware of the danger associated with the mission, points the same out to Mireau but Mireau does not relent.

Sure enough, the mission ends in disaster and what follows next is the crux of this powerful story.

What happens when these men in the very same army, defending the same country, from the same regiment turn against each other? What happens when some superior officers get greedy and selfish and stop valuing human life, more so, the lives of their own soldiers? "Paths of Glory" goes deep in the psyche of these men, both superiors and subordinates and makes a strong statement on what war does to them.

"Paths of Glory" was just a modest success commercially, I've read. It comes as a surprise, considering the screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, Calder Willingham and Jim Thompson is spell-binding, to say the least. Kubrick directs with his touch of genius and creates a tremendous impact. The first scene of attack on Anthill is so masterfully shot, you actually feel you are in the field of battle! Ditto for the rest of the film when things take an unexpected turn for some of the less fortunate soldiers. Every frame of this picture is gripping, right 'til the final one.

Kirk Douglas delivers a fabulous performance as Colonel Dax. His helplessness and the growing frustration about the greedy and corrupt army officers and the overall futility of the system is so convincing, it creates a lasting impression. This is one earnest and unforgettable performance by the legendary actor.

George Macready lends a great supporting act as the selfish, cut-throat General Mireau. So do others, including Wayne Morris, Ralph Meeker, Joe Turkel and Timothy Carey.

A special mention here, of Mrs. Kubrick (Christiane Kubrick) who makes an appearance for a short scene to sing the haunting German folk song, 'The Faithful Hussar'. She appears in a scene towards the end in what could be one of the best and most haunting endings I've ever seen in film.

"Paths of Glory" may not be as popular as some of Stanley Kubrick's later films, but it is definitely one of his best.
The Mutinies of 1917 - a fictional variant
Although he did the wonderful crime film THE KILLING before he did this, it was PATHS OF GLORY that brought Stanley Kubrick's talents forward. After PATHS OF GLORY he would make all types of films, but he would basically make them as he wanted to (although when working with his star here, Kirk Douglas, on SPARTACUS he would have such friction with Douglas that they never made any other films together afterward). So if it had not been for PATHS OF GLORY there would not have been LOLITA, DR. STRANGELOVE, 2001, BARRY LYNDON, and the other films. The Kubrick stamp of film artistry was born here.

The plot of the story is simple. Due to the system of trenches on the Western Front (that have France and Britain on one side and Germany on the other) the war has bogged down to a mutual bloodletting. It shouldn't been this way, but nobody that was sent to the Western Front through 1917 was a good commander. Von Falkenheyn, the German Commander at Verdun, was unable to hold onto early gains in that long, long battle. The best French General was Joseph Gallieni, who won the First Battle of the Marne by commissioning the famous "taxicab" army that drove the French troops to the front. But he retired. The actual Commander, "Papa" Joffre was popular with the men, but had a tendency of falling asleep at military strategy sessions. As for the British, Douglas Haig was saddled with planning global strategy for British forces in Africa, the Middle East, and India. His acceptance of the stalemate on the Western Front bordered on the criminal - he reduced the monstrous casualty rate to a simple war of attrition. With Commanders like Von Falkenheyn, Haig, and Joffre the war was hopeless. The suggestion of one more push "over the top" was repeated endlessly - and bloodily.

In 1917 units of the French Army had enough. The French Mutinies were long known, because of the trials and executions of hundreds of mutineers. One good result was the arrival at headquarters of General Henri Petain. His reputation is besmirched by his treason in leading the Vichy Government in World War II, but Petain was a senile old man when made a figure-head (a fact his old friend General Charles DeGaulle knew, so that he reduced the death sentence against the old man to life imprisonment). One generation earlier, Petain saved the army and France - a debt that really should not be forgotten. Yes he tried the ringleaders, but he also improved the lot of the poilu (common soldiers) so that they were not living like moles or rats all the time. The regeneration of the French armies that Ferdinand Foch would lead (with Haig and Pershing and their men) to eventual victory began when Petain took charge.


PATHS OF GLORY looks at the situation that led to those mutinies, and to one of the drumhead courts. Adolph Menjou is a leading general, who realizes that a victory is required for appearance sake (i.e., the politicians are breathing down the back of the French High Command). He invites his old friend George Macready to lunch and drops a hint that if they could find a nice victory Macready may get promoted (Menjou says this very carefully - no fool he if he has to deny it). Macready can just taste the promotion. He promises the men will do the job.

They don't. The job is to capture a well protected salient called "the ant hill", because whenever men are fighting over it they look like ants fighting each other from a distance. The leader of the men who are to charge is Kirk Douglas. In peacetime he is an attorney, so he has enough brains to question the intelligence of the so-called army brains.

Macready is watching the attack from a bomb shelter, and notices the men will not leave the trench. He orders an artillery barrage on his own men, forcing them to face the Germans. This will turn out to be a disastrous mistake on his part.

After the disaster Macready picks three soldiers to be representative of the troops. One of them is selected by a Sergeant who is a real coward, and who is aware the enlisted man knows he is a coward. Douglas defends them, but the court is controlled by Macready and his flacks. The three are convicted. We watch their last night , with one (Timothy Carey) certain that a pardon will come for him at least. Another gets badly injured in a mishap. When the time for the three to be shot occurs (they are set up like Christ and the two robbers at Calvary), the wounded man is slapped out of unconsciousness to see the firing squad getting ready to fire.

Douglas has been discovering what Macready did - and reveals this to Menjou. He hopes to do this to force Menjou to overturn the death sentences. But Menjou holds back, and lets the executions go on. We see him dancing at a dinner party while this is going on. The next day, when Macready is having breakfast with Menjou (and Douglas shows up), Menjou brings up the illegal act of firing on his own men. Instead of a promotion, Macready is being thrown out of his command, and probably prevented from getting further ones. Pulling his shredded dignity together as best he could, he pointedly states that at least he was a soldier (unlike the courtier - general Menjou). After he leaves, Menjou offers Macready's command to Douglas. And Douglas tells him off very memorably.

PATHS OF GLORY is a fantastically good look at military incompetence, corruption, and those shafts of decency that the common soldiers and Douglas represent. Although set in time and place in 1917 France, it's message is universal. It is a great movie.
Masterful achievement in all departments.
A passion project of Douglas's, in which he was willing to knowingly make a film less box-office friendly in order to preserve its theme and integrity, this examination of power and the abuse of it is a stellar piece of film-making. He plays a colonel in the French army during WWI, situated in a standoff along trenches against German-held territory. When general Macready realizes he can receive a promotion by turning the tide of the standoff and taking a locale known as The Ant Hill, he sends Douglas and his men into almost certain death in order to make it happen. However, the military effort is an abysmal failure and, in order to make an example of them, he has three men selected to stand trial for cowardice. What follows is a kangaroo court martial in which the prior deeds of the men are ignored and the situation is twisted in order to ensure that the trio will be found guilty. Douglas struggles against the odds to find a way to save them, even daring to tangle with smooth, but dangerous, general Menjou. Douglas turns in one of his all-time greatest performances, only getting close to the edge of over-acting one time as he confronts Menjou. He's charismatic, idealistic, realistic and compassionate, among other traits. Macready enjoys possibly his finest hour as well as the hardened, heartless, driven instigator of the entire mess. Menjou is perfectly slimy; all smiles even as he's turning the screws on people. The three targeted men give uniquely compelling performances. Meeker, often an underrated actor, wrestles with the thoughts of never seeing his wife and child again. Turkel reacts violently to the situation, ending up severely injured. Carey, always a fascinating presence, starts to crack up emotionally, becoming almost surreally affected. Other key cast members include Morris as a lieutenant who actually is cowardly (and alcoholic) and yet isn't made to suffer for it (this weak, wormy character was portrayed by a man, Morris, who was in real life an actual war hero!), Anderson, as a smugly sycophantic prosecutor and Meyer as the pragmatic, resident chaplain. If there is one teensy "flaw," it is that these men rarely, if ever, seem French, many of them retaining noticeable New York accents, but it's carping to even mention that in the face of such exemplary cinema. The movie, filmed in stark black and white, has the distinction of being simultaneous ugly and beautiful. One admires the stunning camera-work, even in the muddy, deadly battleground and can awe at the startlingly beautiful makeshift courtroom as injustice reigns over the proceedings. It's a sort of visual uneasiness that permeates the bulk of the film and only adds to how special it is. Despite the feeling of dread that lingers in many frames, there is also a tiny bit of ironic dark humor that seeps in from time to time. In short, director Kubrick has excelled here at manipulating the audience in every way from visually to audibly to emotionally. At a crisp 87 minutes, it never overstays its welcome. If only modern filmmakers could recognize that bigger and longer doesn't always equal better. The callous power plays depicted here could apply to virtually any place, not necessarily the French Army. Boardrooms, playgrounds, fraternities, Elk clubs… It's the examination of the personalities and machinations that is key here rather than the setting. It's a must-see film that packs a wallop and which has not been given its full due even now.
Kubrick is not of this world
The sheer brilliance and emotion that kubrick puts into this film will leave you with an undescribable feeling long after you've watched it. He seems to say that all of the paths to glory in this world was tainted with injustice and the unjustly sacrifice of true heros. You have to see the movie to believe it, and to see it is to remember it forever.
tremendously gut-wrenching drama
In 1916 during WW1 French soldiers refused to complete a suicidal attack on an enemy position and retreated to their trenches. So three soldiers are chosen from their platoon to be sentenced to death for cowardice as they have supposedly disgraced the French flag.

This is one outstanding anti-war film by Stanley Kubrick, definitely one of his best films… if not his best, well maybe behind 'A Clockwork Orange' ;). The performances from Kirk Douglas as the compassionately loyal Col. Dax who is furious about the decision and tries his best to defend his men, Adolphe Menjou as the crazed Gen. George Broulard who has no desire but to see his men punished, Ralph Meeker as the courageous Cpl. Philip Paris one of the three man who is on trail and George Macready as the unsympathetic Gen. Paul Mireau are simply brilliant and downright absorbing in their roles.

The story itself extremely packs a bite and captures the intensity of the in-humane situation; because of one failure the soldiers pay the consequences, with their earlier good deeds going unnoticed. By this, it showed us the bitter crookedness and incompetence that is found in the military hierarchy, not portraying the heroics- but the nastier side of war, though in our eyes the soldiers are definitely courageous not matter what the superiors think and what fate they shall receive and Kubrick portrays it greatly.

In the plot the soldier's fates seem to play more second fiddle to the confrontation between the military's superiors of this judgement, while the downbeat ending is truly powerful and captures the true spirit of war. The film is beautifully shot and the score is overwhelming to a great extend. The look of the film (trenches and castles) is vividly rich in detail and as well quite horrifying in capturing the mood of war and the unpleasantness that the soldiers face from their superiors and not just their enemies.

What you get from Kubrick is a compelling and touching piece of film art. This is no-action packed movie- but intense and thought-provoking dialogue and performances is what drives this film.
The best film produced by the star Douglas through its called producer Bryna
Notices for the editors: I don't know how to write in English language. This text was translated by electronic translator of the Portuguese for English.

The best film produced by the star Douglas through its called producer Bryna (homage to its mother, that had that name). A superb text (it pays attention in the excellent dialogs), capable to move perhaps to the most insensitive of the military ones.

In just 87 minutes, makes an implacable attack to the militarism, to the foolishness of the wars, to the cowardice, cynicism and incompetence of official. So deep in the accusation that the film was forbidden of being exhibited in France by several years. Without doing any concession to the commercial movies, the subject is been in a serious and contusing way.

The direction of Kubrick is exquisite — the only moment in that he failed and it allowed that the history was touching, it is in the end when the soldiers hear the German singer (interpreted by the wife of Kubrick). The cast is blameless, with special prominence for Adolphe Menjou, in the paper of cynic general Broulard. The only actor that doesn't have a good acting as the others is Timothy Carey, that makes the cowardly soldier in the hour of the shooting. My favorite scene is that in that colonel Dax is disgusted and he riots before the indecent proposal of general Broulard.

Even if you don't appreciate the gender, this film it is to be seen, reviews, debated and never to be forgotten. With a realistic and antiwar history, "Paths of Glory" is a rarity in the history of the movies, because difficultly somebody will answer that this production is an authentic masterpiece.
the best war movie you've never seen.
Man o Man, just finished watching this. The download was finally 100% completed when being hanged in Bitcomet at 85% for almost a fortnight. This is one Stanley Kubrick movie which was eluding me for so much time. Haven't yet seen Spartacus and Barry Lyndon, which are the only two left to see. How many films have you seen, or war films for that matter, in which every scene is so powerful and shot with glorious perfection. Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan and other blah blah, but this movie delivers, captures human emotion with such fervor and affectively that you'll be surprised that this movie was made in 1957 about the infamous trench warfare. Kirk Douglas as Col. Dax was excellent, cannot imagine anyone else playing that role, not even James Mason. Remember, a war movie is not always about a soldier killing another shot in a gory manner. What it is about is what this movie's all about.
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