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.
I went in thinking this would be a war movie and got a war movie and a court drama and an analysis of human behavior all in the same movie. Kirk Douglas gives a terrific performance. The war scenes are great and the effects hold up pretty well. The court room stuff is interesting and made me mad. The whole story is messy and there is no clear answer. War is hell.
Paths Of Glory
This film is a product of it's time, especially when it comes to the acting, but it still works well today.Great camera work.Where this film gets me, is the display of WWI and the incompetence and disregard of life by high command.
Great anti-war movie, which makes you want to enter the screen to beat the generals for (insult)
"People are composed of many things, and in my work, what influences me is the complexity of people - the chiaroscuro of dark and light. When I play a strong guy, I try to find, where is he weak? And, conversely, when I play a weak guy, where is he strong?"
Man, he truly lived life to the fullest.
The myth, the legend, the actor - Kirk Douglas.
Kirk was the last movie star of the golden age. Despite playing angry and often cruel main characters that can easily be unsympathetic if played by anyone else, but were always compelling to watch. A stroke of genuis and he did it in style. His dimpled chin and husky voice made him recognizable, yet his talent was electric. Forever a champion.
A fantastic film depicting the horrible realities of humanities failure during World War I. The movie blends depictions of the horrible and impossible odds men faced in the trenches and the bureaucracy that led such endeavors blindly. Well acted with memorable performances, a good score, and shot only like Kubrick can. Definitely recommend if you have a remote interest in the historical backdrop of the film.