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Paths of Glory (1957)

Approved | | Drama, War | November 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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Pvt. Pierre Arnaud (as Joseph Turkel)
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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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Now the screen blasts open the bombshell story of a Colonel who led his regiment into hell and back - while their maddened General waited for them - with a firing squad! See more »

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November 1957 (West Germany)  »

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La patrulla infernal  »

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$935,000 (estimated)
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Stanley Kubrick's numerous fluid tracking shots required that the trenches be two feet wider than the original World War I trenches--six feet as opposed to four feet--to allow room for the roving camera dollies. Although the technical director objected to the widening, the duckboards the camera rolled on were authentic. See more »

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As Col. Dax is running through the trenches after Gen. Mireau gives his order, a "dead" soldier blinks. 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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Referenced in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) See more »

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Der Treue Husar
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German folk song
Sung a cappella by Christiane Kubrick near the end
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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.

10/10


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