CineFile – Paths of Glory

by A. Jay Adler on January 9, 2011
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Stanley Kubrick‘s first masterwork, an essential artistic consideration of the political nature of war. One of the defining performances of Kirk Douglas’s career. This is the execution scene, of three French soldiers during the First World War chosen at random, yet with bias, for trial on trumped up charges of cowardice because of the failure of a foolhardy attack. Note the monumental government building that looms over the proceedings, and in all the fine acting, look near the very end, for Ralph Meeker’s insightful and subtle physical response when Wayne Morris, who scapegoated Meeker to protect himself, apologizes. Meeker is a man given up to the momentary loss of his life, and beyond angry response.

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charlie k January 9, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Seen this Kubrick film many times….ya gotta take that ant hill, Col Dax! never loses its value for our world….Long live Kubrick! can ya hum a few bars of “Singin in the Rain?

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D.M. Solis January 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm

What a course you could teach on this today. I would sign up for that one. Thanks for bringing it back…and taking us forward.

Diane

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Maureen January 9, 2011 at 11:27 am

It’s been years since I saw this. Somehow, it seems even more chilling today.

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