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Paths of Glory (1957)

  • Starring: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Genre(s): War, Drama
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 88 min.

This FREE SCREENING is part of the Springfield Greene County Library’s “One Read” project, commemorating America’s entrance into World War I.

Film Summary: Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. A fiery Kirk Douglas stars as a World War I French colonel who goes head-to-head with the army’s ruthless top brass when his men are accused of cowardice after being unable to carry out an impossible mission. This haunting, exquisitely photographed dissection of the military machine in all its absurdity and capacity for dehumanization (a theme Kubrick would continue to explore throughout his career) is assembled with its legendary director’s customary precision, from its tense trench warfare sequences to its gripping courtroom climax to its ravaging final scene. [The Criterion Collection]

"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."
- David Mermelstein, Wall Street Journal
"Kirk Douglas gives one of his finest performances as the intelligent and courageous Col. Dax."
- Crosby Day, Orlando Sentinel
"Paths of Glory is all about that greatest of all movie subjects: power."
- Ken Tucker, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Both a terrifying, grim look at battle and an excruciatingly tense courtroom thriller. Together, it's a devastating indictment of war as conducted by opportunists and liars."
- Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune