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Paths of Glory [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1957]

  • SKU: 4038356
  • Release Date: 10/26/2010
  • Rating: NR
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 7)

    Special Features


    • New Audio Commentary featuring critic Gary Giddens
    • Excerpt from a 1966 Audio Interview with Director Stanley Kubrick
    • Television Interview from 1979 with star Kirk Douglas
    • New Video Interviews with Kubrick's longtime executive producer Jan Harlan, Paths of Glory Producer James B. Harris, and Actress Christiane Kubrick
    • French Television Piece about a real-life World War I execution that partly inspired the film
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Plus: A Booklet featuring an Essay by Film Scholar James Naremore

    Synopsis


    Paths of Glory
    Adapting Humphrey Cobb's novel to the screen, director Stanley Kubrick and his collaborators Calder Willingham and Jim Thompson set out to make a devastating anti-war statement, and they succeeded above and beyond the call of duty. In the third year of World War I, the erudite but morally bankrupt French general Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) orders his troops to seize the heavily fortified "Ant Hill" from the Germans. General Mireau (George MacReady) knows that this action will be suicidal, but he will sacrfice his men to enhance his own reputation. Against his better judgment, Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) leads the charge, and the results are appalling. When, after witnessing the slaughter of their comrades, a handful of the French troops refuse to leave the trenches, Mireau very nearly orders the artillery to fire on his own men. Still smarting from the defeat, Mireau cannot admit to himself that the attack was a bad idea from the outset: he convinces himself that loss of Ant Hill was due to the cowardice of his men. Mireau demands that three soldiers be selected by lot to be executed as an example to rest of the troops. Acting as defense attorney, Colonel Dax pleads eloquently for the lives of the unfortunate three, but their fate is a done deal. Even an eleventh-hour piece of evidence proving Mireau's incompetence is ignored by the smirking Broulard, who is only interested in putting on a show of bravado. A failure when first released (it was banned outright in France for several years), Paths of Glory has since taken its place in the pantheon of classic war movies, its message growing only more pertinent and potent with each passing year (it was especially popular during the Vietnam era). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Kirk Douglas
      Kirk Douglas - Col. Dax
    • Ralph Meeker
      Ralph Meeker - Corp. Paris
    • Adolphe Menjou
      Adolphe Menjou - Gen. Broulard
    • George Macready
      George Macready - Gen. Mireau
    • Wayne Morris
      Wayne Morris - Lieutenant Roget



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic with important message

      Posted
      albie
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      The old statement about wars being declared by oldmen, while the young die is revealed in this classic antiwar movie. Shows the flawed thinking that went into the carnage of WWl.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Kubrick Film

      Posted
      TheOtherDoug

      Great war drama about the hypocrisy of war and those who fight it on so many levels. Worth seeing for Kirk Douglas' portrayal of a commander who witnesses the slaughter of his men for ulteriour motives by the Generals he works for.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very good

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      BobinCT
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      Great classic, having served in the military I could relate to the actions placed among men by poor leadership.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Classic

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      DhavalVyas
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      This early Kubrick film is probably his first masterpiece.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Criterion Blu-Ray!

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      bluegravyman
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      Paths of Glory, by auteur filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, is a worthy addition to the Criterion Collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Classic movie

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      bobby
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      This is an unbelievable war movie. The acting is excellent

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Greatest War Movie Ever Made? Perhaps.

      Posted
      Mofrez305
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      Kubrick's breakthrough picture. A powerful tale of the duality of man.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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