fraenkel film festival

Paths of Glory (35mm)

Selected by Nan Goldin

Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. A fiery Kirk Douglas stars as a World War I French colonel who goes head-to-head with the army’s ruthless top brass when his men are accused of cowardice after being unable to carry out an impossible mission. This haunting, exquisitely photographed dissection of the military machine in all its absurdity and capacity for dehumanization (a theme Kubrick would continue to explore throughout his career) is assembled with its legendary director’s customary precision, from its tense trench warfare sequences to its gripping courtroom climax to its ravaging final scene. Shot in Belgium after French authorities nixed it — the original novel was based on the officially “mythical” mass mutinies of 1917 — this is one of the most ruthlessly anti-war films ever made, with Kubrick’s telephoto-lensed, side-tracking shooting of the assault perhaps the screen’s most authentic treatment of trench warfare.

Part of the Fraenkel Film Festival

1h 28m
Stanley Kubrick
First Showing
July 18, 2024


Thursday, July 18, 2024 6:30 PM
Location Big Roxie

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