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Paths of Glory (1957)

Approved | | Drama, War | 25 October 1957 (West Germany)
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After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.



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Top Rated Movies #57 | Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pvt. Pierre Arnaud (as Joseph Turkel)
German Singer (as Susanne Christian)
Jerry Hausner ...
Narrator of Opening Sequence / Chief Judge of Court-Martial
Emile Meyer ...
Kem Dibbs ...
Fred Bell ...
Shell-Shocked Soldier


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 Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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25 October 1957 (West Germany)  »

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La patrulla infernal  »

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$935,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Stanley Kubrick once said of his decision to make a war film "One of the attractions of a war or crime story is that it provides an almost unique opportunity to contrast an individual or our contemporary society with a solid framework of accepted value, which the audience becomes fully aware of, and which can be used as a counterpoint to a human, individual, emotional situation. Further, war acts as a kind of hothouse for forced, quick breeding of attitudes and feelings. Attitudes crystallize and come out into the open. Conflict is natural, when it would in a less critical situation have to be introduced almost as a contrivance, and would thus appeared forced or, even worse, false." See more »


During the first tracking with Dax in the trenches, the shadow of a boom mike is visible. See more »


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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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Künstlerleben (Artist's Life), Op.316
(1867) (uncredited)
Composed by Johann Strauss
Played as dance music at the party
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Glorious Integrity In Every Aspect!!
28 January 2010 | by (your daughters bedroom) – See all my reviews

Paths Of Glory is a masterpiece without doubt. Usually a masterpiece is the pinnacle of a directors career. However when you are talking about Stanley Kubrick, you are talking about genuine genius. This is just one of his many masterpieces, but Paths Of Glory is probably as good a film as any of Kubrick's other best works. I have seen tons of war films in my life, many great ones. Honestly, this is my favorite of them all. When I first saw this film I didn't expect it to blow me away. After all it is an early Kubrick film, however it blew me away constantly, and completely. This is not only one of the greatest war films ever made, not only one of the greatest black & white films ever made, it is simply one of the greatest films ever made bar none. The film screams integrity, in each and every way. This film is a joy to watch, and in my estimation, Paths Of Glory will remain forever as one of cinemas greatest accomplishments.


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