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Paths of Glory (1957)

BOMBSHELL! the roll of the drums... the click of the rifle-bolts... the last cigarette... and then... the shattering impact of this story... perhaps the most explosive motion picture in 25 years!

Original Title : Paths of Glory
Director : Stanley Kubrick
Writer : Humphrey Cobb
Stanley Kubrick
Calder Willingham
Jim Thompson
Genre : Drama
War
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Kirk Douglas , James B. Harris , Stanley Kubrick
Music : Gerald Fried
Photography : Georg Krause
Distributor : Cinemagia [br]
IMDB ID : 0050825
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Starring

Kirk Douglas Col. Dax
Ralph Meeker Cpl. Philip Paris
Ralph Meeker Cpl. Philip Paris
 

Plot

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.
 

Comments

One of the best movies on war eve Impassioned examination of military injustice during WWI.Douglas must defend 3 prisoners wrongly accused of cowardice and sentenced to be hung.Menjou is powerful and convincing as a military higher up who believes Douglas cares only for a promotion.Beautiful photography in the style of Ophuls contrasts plush life of higher officers with the hell of trench war.Some melodrama, but all in all it's much less sentimental and also less spectacle-oriented than most war films (including Douglas and Kubrick's later "Spartacus", which is a pompous bore).Doublas only speechifies when the plot makes it a necessity (highly unusual for him, a trained Spencer Tracy wannabe).
 
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