Paths of Glory (1957)
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Average Rating: 8.3/10
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More than 20 years after Mr. Cobb's novel was first published, Mr. Kubrick reminded us that human folly is rarely checked for long. A half-century on, he is still right.
Kirk Douglas gives one of his finest performances as the intelligent and courageous Col. Dax.
The sardonic rhetoric may be laid on a little heavily at times, but the movie is blunt and scornfully brilliant.
This masterpiece still packs a wallop, though nothing in it is as simple as it may first appear; audiences are still arguing about the final sequence, which has been characterized as everything from a sentimental cop-out to the ultimate cynical twist.
The final scene, in which Kubrick presents close-ups of soldiers watching a captured German girl being forced to sing for their pleasure is nothing short of masterful.
A reminder both of [Kubrick's] extraordinary formal virtuosity and his powers as a satirist.
Kirk Douglas and Timothy Carey are outstanding among the troops on the front line, while Kubrick's relentlessly probing camera offers constant evidence of a film-maker at the height of his powers.
It is arguably the best film about the first world war, and still has a reasonable claim to being Stanley Kubrick's best film.
The scenes of trench warfare are frighteningly vivid, and Kirk Douglas gives a searing performance as the officer assigned to the hopeless task of defending the three men.
You can sense Kubrick stretching his cinematic wings in this prime slice of Hollywood liberalism.
Stanley Kubrick often spoke out against war in his film, using violence as a weapon against the audience's sensibilities. Never was he more convincing as here.
watching it is to watch the birth of the one of the greatest filmmakers of the second half of the 20th century
For all its chilly symmetry and beauty, the sheer injustice shown will have your pulse racing.
Stanley Kubrick's best meditation on war (yes, Full Metal Jacket fans, you heard me).
Truly a Kubrick classic with strong Kirk Douglas performance.
Working with a big budget for the first time, Kubrick superbly marshals the battle scenes. But the behind-the-scenes military wrangling seems so regimented and preordained that there's not much left to respond to.
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