3-3.5. It's beautifully shot and works a lot of little details in to shame the military-industrial complex, but at the same time, it's relatively simple, and its bluntness feels characteristic of both Kubrick and political dramas made at the time. That being said, it is moving, and humanistically agreeable (I especially liked the end scene, even if the arcing was a little quick). Even 50s Kubrick was pretty liberal.
I might offer Paths as contender for the leanest film ever made. Both watches I've had a similar experience: it begins and I'm reticent, pushing against the stuffy old guys talking shop. Within a few frames of shirtless Kirk I'm enticed, the wit slicing through the lines. By its end I'm angry and moved, and amazed at a concise and heroic technical feat that feels both indie and epic.
Vanity. Career. Carelessness. Decision making against better knowledge. That is war about. If you have Generals & Commanders like these, you don't need enemies anymore. Outstanding movie in all aspects: very well written dialogues, brilliant actors, top camera. Stanley Kubrick's early work. Masterpiece.
difficile da dimenticare e di rara potenza la camminata impetuosa di kirk douglas nella trincia mentre impazzano le esplosioni e i soldati tra la polvere si schiacciano contro le mura di fango.spesso ci si dimentica quanto vasto, sfaccettato, inquietante sia l'animo umano e questo film ce lo ricorda crudelmente. no happy ending questa volta, no glory, difficile uscirne vivi, figuratevi puliti.
Sharp, tough, smart anti-war movie - fascinating, provocative premise; top-notch writing; an all-around great cast performance; beautiful, harrowing directing. Just an all around damn good movie, so why doesn't it get a higher rating? I don't know. I feel like I should have *loved* it, but somehow I "only" really, really liked it. This one gets a very strong B.
After watching this I'm of the belief that Kubrick wasn't really interested (or didn't know what to do) with actors. His best work is written and produced by himself - here is that rare glimpse of him working in the studio system. There's a lot of wooden performances, made worse by strange and frenetic blocking by the director. The script is a very preachy. Having said that - those Kubrick shots still creep in.
Best war film that isn't The Big Parade or All Quiet...I am not a Kubrick fan, but must give credit where credit is due here. He approached Douglas with the story and without his vision and involvement, this great story may never have been told. So many good things here: Douglas' understated performance (for him) and the mise-en-scene and camerawork are just years ahead of their time. Essential viewing.
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.