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Paths of Glory 1957
NR

  • Stanley Kubrick
  • December 25, 1957
  • 88 mins
  • English
  • Drama, War
It explodes in the no-man's land no picture ever dared cross before!
During World War I, commanding officer General Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) orders his subordinate, General Mireau (George Macready), to attack a German trench position, offering a promotion as an incentive. Though the mission is foolhardy to the point of suicide, Mireau commands his own subordinate, Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas), to plan the attack. When it ends in disaster, General Mireau demands the court-martial of three random soldiers in order to save face.

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This is flat out one of my favorite films. Everything in this is so good that I was blown away the first time I saw it in college. I immediately went to amazon and ordered the blu ray for my own collection. If you've never seen it, do it now.

The plot in this is great because we jump from sequence to sequence in a very logical, perfectly timed way. No, the whole movie does not take place on the front line. Instead we go through the whole process for what happens early on to see how it fully effects the soldiers. I get so furious every time I watch this at the dickhole characters.

Seriously, go watch this.

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