Paths of Glory (1957)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 21 mins

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The futility and irony of the war in the trenches in WWI is shown as a unit commander in the French army must deal with the mutiny of his men and a glory-seeking general after part of his force falls back under fire in an impossible attack.
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Cast: Adolphe Menjou, Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker

Crew: Stanley Kubrick (Director), Georg Krause (Director of Photography), Gerald Fried (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Drama, War

Release Dates: 25 Dec 1957 (India)

Tagline: Never has the screen thrust so deeply into the guts of war!

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Did you know? Banned in Spain by the censorship under General Francisco Franco's dictatorship, for its anti-military message. It wasn't released until 1986, 11 years after Franco's death. Read More
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as Gen. George Broulard
as Col. Dax
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as Sgt. Boulanger
as German Singer
as Father Dupree
as Shell-Shocked Soldier
as Gen. Paul Mireau
as Capt. Nichols - Artillery Spotter
as Proprietor of Cafe
as Pvt. Pierre Arnaud
as Capt. Rousseau - Battery Commander
as Pvt. Lejeune
as Narrator of Opening Sequence / Chief Judge of Court-Martia
as Maj. Saint-Auban
as Pvt. Maurice Ferol
as Lt. Roget

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Black & White
Sound Mix:
Mono
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
Never has the screen thrust so deeply into the guts of war!
BOMBSHELL! the roll of the drums... the click of the rifle-bolts... the last cigarette... and then... the shattering impact of this story... perhaps the most explosive motion picture in 25 years!
It explodes in the no-man's land no picture ever dared cross before!
Now the screen blasts open the bombshell story of a Colonel who led his regiment into hell and back - while their maddened General waited for them - with a firing squad!
Goofs:
Revealing Mistakes
As Colonel Dax is running through the trenches after General Mireau gives his order, a supposedly-dead soldier blinks.

Crew/Equipment Visible
Camera wire visible in few shots where the prisoners are being taken to their execution spot.

Continuity
After the court martial, as the sergeant is addressing the guards describing the procedure and discipline required of the firing squad, all of the guards in the rank have a "710" regiment number collar pin whereas the sergeant (and those in Colonel Dax's regiment) have a "701".

Character Error
The priest says "et spiritui sancti" instead of the correct "et spiritus sancti".
Trivia:
In 1969, Kirk Douglas recalled about the film "There's a picture that will always be good, years from now. I don't have to wait 50 years to know that; I know it now". Winston Churchill claimed that the film was a highly accurate depiction of trench warfare and the sometimes misguided workings of the military mind.

Banned in Spain by the censorship under General Francisco Franco's dictatorship, for its anti-military message. It wasn't released until 1986, 11 years after Franco's death.

Stanley Kubrick approached Kirk Douglas with the script. Douglas instantly fell in love with it, telling Kubrick "Stanley, I don't think this picture will ever make a nickel, but we have to make it." Douglas's words proved to be quite prophetic - the film was not a success at the box office.
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