Paths of Glory

Kubrick’s classic tale of corrupted leadership and the farce of legal proceedings during wartime (WWI) strikes resonance today through its portrait of average soldiers who must pay the price for their superiors’ malfeasance. Led by Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas in one of his finest roles as the moral compass of the film), the French 701st regiment has been ordered into a suicide mission, the intention of which is to attack a heavily fortified German position across a barren no-man’s-land. When this attack fails, leaving scores of soldiers dead or severely wounded, the ordering officers, Generals Broulard and Mireau (Adolphe Menjou and George Macready) try to cover their tracks and divert blame, eventually setting up a kangaroo court which will sentence their own men to death.

Genres: War, Drama

Other Films by Stanley Kubrick

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

A nuclear-age parable of unmatched film-historical importance and generalized hilarity, Kubrick’s vision of the day before doomsday remains frightening—and side-splitting—over fifty years after its original release. When über-patriotic General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) decides, of his own accord, to launch a nuclear attack against the Soviet Union without a war order, jittery British Colonel

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Eyes Wide Shut

In the late 1990s, near the end of his career, Kubrick, known for his painstakingly crafted visions of Western culture— infused with a deep, unsettling malaise—enlisted Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, at the time Hollywood’s hottest power couple, for a visceral exploration of marital un-fulfillment and existential dread. While at a lavish party, the couple