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Paths of Glory


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


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

Released: Sep. 18th, 1957
Runtime: 1 hour, 28 minutes
During World War I, commanding officer General Broulard orders his subordinate, General Mireau, to attack a German trench position, offering a promotion as an incentive. Though the mission is foolhardy to the point of suicide, Mireau commands his own subordinate, Colonel Dax, to plan the attack. When it ends in disaster, General Mireau demands the court-martial of three random soldiers in order to save face.
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Citizen Rules
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.
mark f
The way Mireau walks through the trenches and gives "pep talks" to the men who later play such an important part in the film works as masterful storytelling rather than lazy coincidence.
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