Paths of Glory (1957) Full Movie

Paths of Glory
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Paths of Glory (1957) : A commanding officer defends three scapegoats on trial for a failed offensive that occurred within the French Army in 1916.

Title Paths of Glory (1957)
Release Date Sep 18, 1957
Genres ,
Production Company United Artists, Bryna Productions
Production Countries United States of America
Casts Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Wayne Morris, Richard Anderson, Joe Turkel, Christiane Kubrick, Jerry Hausner, Peter Capell, Emile Meyer
Plot Keywords germany, france, based on novel or book, general, patriotism, world war i, song, army, cowardice, soldier, cult film, 1910s
Col. Dax
Col. Dax
Kirk Douglas
Cpl. Philippe Paris
Cpl. Philippe Paris
Ralph Meeker
Gen. George Broulard
Gen. George Broulard
Adolphe Menjou
Gen. Paul Mireau
Gen. Paul Mireau
George Macready
Lt. Roget/Singing man
Lt. Roget/Singing man
Wayne Morris
Maj. Saint-Auban
Maj. Saint-Auban
Richard Anderson
Pvt. Pierre Arnaud
Pvt. Pierre Arnaud
Joe Turkel
German Singer
German Singer
Christiane Kubrick
Proprietor of Cafe
Proprietor of Cafe
Jerry Hausner
Narrator of Opening Sequence
Narrator of Opening Sequence
Peter Capell
Father Dupree
Father Dupree
Emile Meyer
Sgt. Boulanger
Sgt. Boulanger
Bert Freed
Pvt. Lejeune
Pvt. Lejeune
Kem Dibbs
Pvt. Maurice Ferol
Pvt. Maurice Ferol
Timothy Carey
Shell-Shocked Soldier
Shell-Shocked Soldier
Fred Bell
Capt. Rousseau
Capt. Rousseau
John Stein
Capt. Nichols
Capt. Nichols
Harold Benedict
Maj. Gouderc (uncredited)
Maj. Gouderc (uncredited)
Paul Bös
Private in the Attack (uncredited)
Private in the Attack (uncredited)
James B. Harris

Reviews

  • John Chard

    Madness and Patsies Crash Together In Kubrick's Explosive Thunderbolt. Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory is holding up rather well these days, in fact it's as pertinent and relevant as ever. It's 1916 and the French and German armies are in opposing mud trenches, when the French are ordered to undertake a suicidal assault on a German held hill, many of the soldiers are quick to realise it's an impossible order to see through to its conclusion and retreat, something which brings charges of cowardice from the military hierarchy. Someone must take the fall... Withdrawn from circulation in France at one time, unreleased in Spain as well, Paths of Glory is a shattering indictment on military hierarchy. On those General types who watch from afar through telescopic sights as men and boys are led like lambs to the slaughter, then off they go to their dinning rooms to gorge on wine and wholesome meat, the stench of rotting flesh as bad on their breaths as it is out there in no man's land. But it's OK for the war effort, while there might even be a promotion for some lucky soul in nice trousers... A two-parter, the film was adapted from the novel written by Humphrey Cobb. The first half follows the craziness of the attack, the horrors of war brutally realised as Kubrick and cinematographer Georg Krause bring out the worry and simmering anger that jostle for the soldier's souls. The camera is cold and calculating, thus perfect for the material to hand, it leads the viewers - with skillful fluidity - through the bleakness of the trenches and the desolation of no man's land, the former a foreboding place, the latter an atrocity exhibition as bodies get flayed and shattered, while others retreat with limbs or sanity barely intact. Second part shifts to a legally based procedural as the Generals conspire to make an example of those who retreated. Cowardice and a dereliction of duty apparently means the firing squad must save the integrity of the army. Patsies are lined up, but their Colonel (a superb Kirk Douglas) wants to defend them, there's much sweat, tears and anger, accusations hurled, and mistakes once again proving insurmountable. Which leads to the astonishing finale, heartbreaking whilst inducing fury, and crowned by an elegiac song that brings tears for characters and viewers alike. A monochrome masterpiece full of technical skills, towering performances and writing to die for, Paths of Glory, candidate for one of the greatest anti-military films ever crafted. 10/10