Paths of Glory

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Released 1957

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Director:
Stanley Kubrick
Released:
1957
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Paths of Glory is a 1957 anti-war movie from director Stanley Kubrick. Based on a true story, the film was banned in France. In the film, a WWI battalion of French soldiers are ordered to carry out an impossible task. Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) receives orders to conquer Ant Hill, a fortified German position. The mission is destined for failure, but a mindless military machine cannot accept that reality. General Paul Mireau (George MacReady) and General George Brulard (Adolphe Menjou) are too proud and jaded to cease the attack. Mireau jettisons one of the soldiers for showing signs of shell shock, which the General insists doesn't actually exist. The French troops march in and are slaughtered by the Germans. Finally Colonel Dax refuses to go any further and retreats with what few men he can save. As a result, Dax is brought up before a military tribunal for cowardice. The court decides that a few soldiers must become examples to prevent cowardice among the rest of the army.moreless

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Military & War, Classics