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PATHS OF GLORY
July 28, 2018  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

This 1957 film, directed and co-written by Stanley Kubrick, is one of the most powerful war movies ever made – and one of the most powerful anti-war movies as well. Set during WWI, in the trenches dug by French soldiers in hopes of impeding the German invasion towards Paris, Paths of Glory tells of a French unit commander, played by Kirk Douglas, whose men are ordered on an ostensible suicide mission to advance towards the German line. Some rebel and retreat, and the commander must then defend his men, and himself, against charges of mutiny and cowardice. Kubrick’s photography, much of it hand-held in the trenches, is like a landlocked Das Boot – and Douglas’ anger at his superior officers, and their literally entrenched ways, is palpable.

 
 
 
 
 
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