Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. A fiery Kirk Douglas stars as a World War I French colonel who goes head-to-head with the army’s ruthless top brass when his men are accused of cowardice after being unable to carry out an impossible mission. This haunting, exquisitely photographed dissection of the military machine in all its absurdity and capacity for dehumanization (a theme Kubrick would continue to explore throughout his career) is assembled with its legendary director’s customary precision, from its tense trench warfare sequences to its gripping courtroom climax to its ravaging final scene. –The Criterion Collection
Stanley Kubrick was born in New York, and was considered intelligent despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance, Kubrick’s father Jack (a physician) sent him in 1940 to Pasadena, California, to stay with his uncle Martin Perveler. Returning to the Bronx in 1941 for his last year of grammar school, there seemed to be little change in his attitude or his results. Hoping to find something to interest his son, Jack introduced Stanley to chess, with the desired result. Kubrick took to the game passionately, and quickly became a skilled player. Chess would become an important device for Kubrick in later years, often as a tool for dealing with recalcitrant actors, but also as an artistic motif in his films.
Jack Kubrick’s decision to give his son a camera for his thirteenth birthday would be an even wiser move: Kubrick became an avid photographer, and would often make trips around New York taking photographs which he would… read more
Film eccellente sotto tutti i punti di vista. Kubrick dirige con la consueta assoluta maestria un film splendido,che critica in modo feroce la guerra e le sue logiche intestine.Un film di guerra in cui non si vede mai il nemico, ma la cui ricostruzione rende perfettamente l'orrore e la follia che si stà perpetrando.Il finale è poesia,girato e montato in maniera sublime.Un'opera intellettualmente 100 anni avanti.5*
While this film has its virtues, I will never be able to understand its reputation as a masterpiece. It is essentially just a very well crafted wind up. The central characters have no nuance (Dax: all virtue, like Spartacus, Broulard: all politician, Mireau: all scoundrel). The narrative, as I said, winds up and releases, with all the explicitly outlined ducks in a row. Not much room for exploration. 4/5
Some great moments (Kirk Douglas walking through the trenches!) by Kubrick, but overall I felt a lack of character development. Behind those uniforms are only war movie clichés.
Não!? Estavas mesmo num sono profundo. :) Que clichés identificas; e, especificamente, que falta de desenvolvimento das personagens dizes existir? Penso precisamente o contrário. Julgo que, como filme de guerra, é altamente inovador e perspicaz. No entanto, a pergunta é, apesar de não parecer, completamente inofensiva e cordial, respeito a opinião.
Tive problemas principalmente na personagem do General Mireau, nas vezes em que já vimos aquela figura de poder e de maldade pura antes e depois deste filme. Acho uma fórmula demasiado simples, demasiado fácil que se alastra a outras personagens também. Mas também compreendo o que dizes quando falas na perspicácia do filme, como filme de guerra. Admito também que ter lido a folha da cinemateca do filme condicionou esta minha visão das coisas.
And to think he’s appeared in nearly as many films.
William Friedkin's The Exorcist (1973) is out on Blu-ray (see the October 12 roundup) and at his own site, Dave Kehr notes that the two
While many wars films are in some regard anti-war, this film is the epitome of that label. Instead of slamming us with brutal images of war, Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory” delves us into the dark and gruesome… read review
The paths of glory lead but to the grave. – Thomas Gray -
It is 1916, in the thick of World War I. Compelled by ambition more than strategic sense, General Mireau (George Macready… read review
The cinematography was quite impressive. I liked the use of two different viewing perspectives, first and second, in the trenches. I think this film is both anti-war and anti-power. I thought Douglas… read review