In this powerful antiwar film, three French soldiers in World War I are court-martialed for cowardice after being unable to complete an impossible mission, and their colonel must come to their defense.
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My favourite Kubrick film. The young master at his most vehement; but of course, still meticulous, and ferociously intelligent in his singularly ballsy way -- at a time when John Wayne vehicles and macaroni combat films glamorizing WWII were considered the bee's knees, Stanley cranked out a movie that shits on the military, blind patriotism and even religion, depicting war as unavailing and utterly worthless.
Yet again, Kubrick did a war film I actually enjoyed watching, because it doesn't rely on the usual epic, long and overdramatic battle scenes so typical of this genre, but on the human side of the events instead. The ambitions, fears and values of these men, whose lives are totally defined by a simple military rank, are amazingly explored in terms of screenplay and cinematography. And what a beautiful final scene.