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. Written by
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Narrator of opening sequence:
War began between Germany and France on August 3rd 1914. Five weeks later the German army had smashed its way to within eighteen miles of Paris. There the battered French miraculously rallied their forces at the Marne River and in a series of unexpected counterattacks drove the Germans back. The front was stabilized then shortly afterwards developed into a continuous line of heavily fortified trenches zigzagging their way five hundred miles from the English Channel to the Swiss ...
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In France, in the First World War, the insane and ambitious general Gen.
Paul Mireau (George Macready) orders Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) to lead his
men in a suicide attack against Germans in the unattainable Ant Hill. After
a massacre of the French soldiers, Gen. Mireau orders his artillery to drop
bombs between the French front line of attack and the trenches, to avoid the
soldier to return to the protection of the trenches. The commander of the
French artillery refuses to accomplish the order. Gen. Mireau asks his
superior, Gen. George Broulard (Adolphe Menjou), to send three men to Court
Martial and execute them for cowardice through shooting, as an example to
the other soldiers. Colonel Dax, a former lawyer, defends his men in the
unfair trial. Yesterday I watched this outstanding masterpiece for the first
time and certainly it is among the best movies of the cinema history. The
disgusting story shows the insanity of a war, where men are treated like
numbers and not as human beings. The reality of the battles scenes is
amazing. The cast has a stunning performance, highlighting the trio George
Macready, Adolphe Menjou and Kirk Douglas. The lack of sensibility and
respect for the human life and the cynicism in the dialogs of the two
generals are fantastic. Two other points that called my attention are the
fancy reception for the general staff, while their subalterns are fighting
in the front and the misunderstanding of the real intentions of Colonel Dax
by Gen. George Broulard. A must-see movie! My vote is ten.
Title (Brazil): `Glória Feita de Sangue' (`Glory Made of
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