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1. Paths of Glory (1957)
Stanley Kubrick famously moved between directing in different genres, but war was something he returned to on multiple occasions. His 1957 offering heads to the trenches of Wwi as mutiny takes hold. The futility of war is clear for all to see here, and the film ends with a moving rendition of German folk song 'The Faithful Hussar' by Kubrick's future wife Christiane.
2. The Deer Hunter (1978)
Few movies get under the skin of men at war quite »
The First World War was one of the greatest, most terrible conflicts and losses of life in the history of humanity, but curiously, it's been relatively under-represented on screen, aside from a smattering of pictures like Oscar-winner "All Quiet On The Western Front," Stanley Kubrick's "Paths Of Glory," Peter Weir's "Gallipoli," and most recently, Steven Spielberg's "War Horse." Perhaps it's because it was less of a just war than its bigger sequel, perhaps it's that it was a particularly gruesome slog of mud and sacrifice, perhaps it was because America only entered the war three years in, but there's no doubt that the conflict has been seen in the movies much less than WWII, or even Vietnam. This year, however, marks one hundred years since the beginning of the war, and so it was inevitable that related movies would start to appear. The first out of the gates is "Testament Of Youth, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
October has arrived, which means a whole slew of new titles are ready to queue up on Netflix Instant. This month’s highlights in the U.S. include Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt, Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn, Galaxy Quest, Team America: World Police and the first season of the […] »
Given the news that Gilmore Girls is coming to Netflix in October, you might be tempted to spend the entire month binging on that. We wouldn’t blame you, but there are some other exciting editions coming to the site this month if you want to take a break from Stars Hollow.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be available on Oct. 22, giving you about a month to prepare for Mockingjay—Part 1. Netflix also has you covered when it comes to prepping for another fall release, the Annie remake, considering the 1982 Annie will be available Oct. 1. (So will 1995’s Annie: A Royal Adventure. »
- Esther Zuckerman
Looking for what's new on Netflix streaming for October 2014? You've come to the right place.
We've rounded up the best TV shows and movies arriving soon. So take some time to peruse this list, and maybe block off a weekend or two so you can binge-watch Season 5 of "The Vampire Diaries" or something.
Here's a much larger rundown of what subscribers can expect in September, courtesy of Netflix. All title dates are subject to change.
Available October 1
Based on the Depression-era comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," this adaptation of the smash Broadway musical follows America's favorite urchin (Aileen Quinn) as she captures Daddy Warbucks' (Albert Finney) heart with her unquenchable optimism. In the meantime, Annie must try to dodge the treacherous head of the orphanage (Carol Burnett). Directed by John Huston, Annie features the hit song "Tomorrow."
"Annie: A Royal Adventure" (1995)
Annie, the charming orphan with a head full of red curls, »
- Tim Hayne
Marc Müller put together this amazing tribute to the late, great Stanley Kubrick. The Montage features clips from The Killing, Paths of Glory, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. I’m not sure why he left out the other Kubrick films, but that doesn’t change the fact that this compilation is fantastic. Watch below.
Featured music (in order of appearance):
Georg Friedrich Händel – Sarabande
Ludwig Van Beethoven – Symphony #9
Gioachino Rossini – The Thieving Magpie
György Ligeti – Musica Ricercata II
Kubrick’s Poetry from Marc Müller on Vimeo.
The post Video of the Day: Kubrick’s Poetry appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
By Lee Pfeiffer
Now this is what you call a bargain: three terrific WWII flicks for only $10 on Amazon, courtesy of Shout! Factory's Timeless Media label, which continues to distribute first rate editions of films that were often considered to be second-rate at the time of their initial release. This "War Film Triple Feature" package includes three gems that were not particularly notable at the time of their release. Two have grown in stature, while the third has benefited only from Cinema Retro writer Howard Hughes' enthusiastic coverage in issue #25. The films included in the set are:
"Attack" (1955)- During the period of WWII, both the Allied and Axis film industries concentrated on feature films that were pure propaganda designed to motivate their fighting men and the public at large. By the early-to-mid-1950s, however, more introspective viewpoints emerged among Hollywood directors and writers. With the conflict now over, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Here we are, at the top of the mountain. We’ve had plenty from every war imaginable, some supportive of war efforts, some not. But the more interesting war films really focus on the people; the internal struggles those men and women have about what they are doing. Whether made in America, Germany, the United Kingdom, or anywhere else, war is not just a battle between good and evil. It’s a life and death struggle between opposing sides that may not be that different. The movies at the top of this list may be subtle or straightforward, but each of them is a clear snapshot that lets audiences see what it means to fight, so they don’t have to.
10. Paths of Glory (1957)
Directed by: Stanley Kurbick
Conflict: World War I
- Joshua Gaul
Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and while it's impossible to suggest titles that will suit everyone looking to beef up their collection at this perfect time of year, I will do my best to offer some suggestions. Let's get to it... My Absolute First Pick I am almost done going through this collection and it was a collection I got for Christmas under these exact circumstances. Typically priced at $224.99, you can now get this amazing set of 25 Zatoichi films for only $112. Box sets, in my opinion, are what sales like this were made for. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Next Ten Recommendations It isn't easy so this is a collection of just some of my favorite films (of all-time and within the collection) and a little variety, though pretty much my standard, go to Criterion first picks, especially if you are just starting out. Persona Breathless »
- Brad Brevet
It was just a few months ago that I decided to stay in my basement for the weekend and watch every Stanley Kubrick movie. We have some harsh winters here in Canada, so don’t judge me. I managed to watch everything from 1960 onward as I figured I had seen Paths Of Glory enough times I could just re-watch it my head later. After all was said and done, like a lot of us do when a movie is over, I went to the Internet to learn everything I could about them. I quickly fell down a rabbit »
- Graham McMorrow
The carnage, horror, bravery and humanity of World War I has inspired such bigscreen fare as “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Paths of Glory” and “Gallipoli” — and now, as the centenary of the outbreak of the “war to end all wars” approaches on July 28, the BBC is offering unprecedented smallscreen coverage in a way that only a well-funded pubcaster can.
From now until 2018, more than 100 specially commissioned programs will be made available on TV, radio and online — approximately 2,500 hours of content. In fact, in January, the blitz began with four-part documentary “Britian’s Great War.”
“We know that by many definitions, it is the most ambitious (undertaking) we have ever mounted,” explains Adrian Van Klaveren, the BBC executive in charge of the commemoration. And while that may sound like hype, for once, reality appears to match the hard sell.
Van Klaveren notes that the shows will be running for »
- Steve Clarke
Sunday night’s Battle for Castle Black promises to be the biggest war scene in Game of Thrones history, with the entire episode focused on Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch fight with The Wildlings. Below, Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss tease up (spoiler free, of course) the epic confrontation, as well give some insight into last week’s Red Viper vs. Mountain fight and Sansa Stark’s big transformation. Note: The following answers are culled from two interviews, one conducted last week via email where the producers replied with joint statements, and the second by phone »
- James Hibberd
Austin Film Society continues their "Rebel Rebel" film series this weekend with a rare 35mm screening of Getting Straight at the Marchesa. This 1970 film from Richard Rush stars Elliott Gould as a Vietnam vet who attempts to go back to college amid the countercultural revolution. Also starring Candice Bergen and shot by legendary cinemtographer Laszlo Kovacs (Easy Rider, Paper Moon), it's playing tonight and again on Sunday afternoon. Doc Nights is booked for Wednesday evening and will be spotlighting the story of a young ballerina who was diagnosed with polio at 27. Read more about Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq in our preview post here. On Thursday evening, you can view Stanley Kubrick's Paths Of Glory as part of this month's Essential Cinema series about World War I.
The Paramount Summer Classic Film Series has a wide variety of flicks to choose from this week. Saturday and Sunday at the Paramount, »
- Matt Shiverdecker
★★★★☆The fourth feature of what would later evolve into a glittering directorial career, Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957) is not only a fine extension of the moral concerns towards war raised in his debut, 1953's Fear and Desire, but a clear precursor to the horrors that would lie in wait with his Vietnam-set Full Metal Jacket (1987). It's not so much fear and desire as fear and control that's the primary concern here, as a battalion of shell-shocked French soldiers in the trenches of the First World War are chastised for a perceived act of cowardice in the face of the enemy. Often overshadowed by fellow '57 graduate 12 Angry Men, a new rerelease should put Paths of Glory back on the road to reverence.
- CineVue UK
★★★★☆Kirk Douglas fans have been spoiled recently with not only a theatrical rerelease of Stanley Kubrick's 1957 war drama Paths of Glory but also this week the Masters of Cinema reissue of Billy Wilder's newshound satire Ace in the Hole (1951), in which the Hollywood icon also takes centre stage. A delicious and morally dubious tale of self-serving skulduggery in the New Mexico desert, Douglas dominates proceedings as a slippery paper man forced into exile in Albuquerque after finding himself blacklisted from seemingly every major news outlet on the East and West coast. Sharp, at times dark, and extremely funny throughout, Ace in the Hole remains Wilder's 'ace up the sleeve'. »
- CineVue UK
The horror of war is laid bare when soldiers face execution to placate tyrannical officers after their plans go awry
It is arguably the best film about the first world war, and still has a reasonable claim to being Stanley Kubrick's best film. Paths of Glory (1957) is now re-released for the 1914 anniversary: this brilliant tale of macabre futility and horror in the trenches was adapted by Kubrick, Calder Willingham and pulp master Jim Thompson from a 1935 novel by Herbert Cobb, in turn inspired by a real incident.
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- Peter Bradshaw
War… ever present throughout most of history, it is the ultimate shame of mankind, an expression of our most violent and destructive impulses on a grand scale, capable of destroying civilizations and reshaping the global map. Instigated by the elites – the royalty, politicians, businessmen and financiers who often profit from it – it is fought by the common man, the disposable masses flung into the firing line as pawns in a game of chess.
Depictions of warfare in cinema have ranged from jingoistic, patriotic propaganda movies, in which the good guys and their enemies are simplistically represented and the cause is always just and noble, to more nuanced meditations on the effects of warfare on mankind. Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 masterpiece starring Kirk Douglas, Paths of Glory, is re-released in cinemas this week, and remains a powerful anti-war treatise on the folly and hubris of World War 1 in which arrogant »
- Andrew Dilks
The 1957 picture, which came relatively early on into Kubrick’s career – nestled in between The Killing and Spartacus, is one of his more emotional endeavours, and as timeless now as it ever has been.
Starring Kirk Douglas in the lead role of Col. Dax, this poignant and harrowing war-time drama tells the tale of three soldiers who refuse to undertake a seemingly impossible attack in the midst of the brutal first World War. Their superior officers then decide to make an example of them all, sentencing them to death.
The film begins as a real war drama, out on the battlefield and in the trenches, shot beautifully in monochrome, looking so impressive up on the big screen today, almost over »
- Stefan Pape
The re-release of 1957's Paths Of Glory is a reminder of his peerless mastery of battle scenes and misanthropy
"The men died wonderfully!" crows the wicked, vain and corrupt French general Broulard (George Macready) as he enjoys tea and delicate pastries at General Staff HQ. No matter that they died in droves, failed to secure the objective and almost came under fire from their own artillery, they died wonderfully.
Paths Of Glory is structured around the grotesque disconnect between Macready's airy rear-echelon abstractions and the godawful reality of life in the trenches of the first world war. Down there, amid the rats, the mud and the corpses of one's friends, there is at least a sense of solidarity and honour among the doomed, and all emotions are real. But back in the General Staff's Versailles-like HQ, among the columns, frescos and sweeping staircases, the Fragonards and the Bouchers on the »
- John Patterson
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