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Paths of Glory


Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready View All


Stanley Kubrick (Screenplay), Stanley Kubrick (Director), Jim Thompson (Screenplay), Calder Willingham (Screenplay) View All

Release: Sep. 18th, 1957
Runtime: 1 hour, 28 minutes
A commanding officer defends three scapegoats on trial for a failed offensive that occurred within the French Army in 1916.
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This film has great use of point of view shots: everything from a man walking a seemingly endless trench filled with soldiers to the lonely point of view of a man regarding the post of a firing squad.
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In the still shot above, Kubrick has used a wide angle lens with a low mount-upwards angle, this shows beautifully the rich detail of the Schleissheim Castle in Germany.
When rewatching films like this, I often come across little details that might lift the movie out of the trenches, especially with a film that is so strong on social comments and anti-war themes.
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