Paths of Glory [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Paths of Glory [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Director: Stanley Kubrick Cast: Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
, Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou
, Ralph Meeker
Ralph Meeker
, George Macready
George Macready
Stanley Kubrick
Paths of Glory [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Paths of Glory [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Director: Stanley Kubrick Cast: Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
, Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou
, Ralph Meeker
Ralph Meeker
, George Macready
George Macready
Stanley Kubrick

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Overview

Adapting Humphrey Cobb's novel to the screen, director Stanley Kubrick and his collaborators Calder Willingham and Jim Thompson set out to make a devastating anti-war statement, and they succeeded above and beyond the call of duty. In the third year of World War I, the erudite but morally bankrupt French general Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) orders his troops to seize the heavily fortified "Ant Hill" from the Germans. General Mireau (George MacReady) knows that this action will be suicidal, but he will sacrfice his men to enhance his own reputation. Against his better judgment, Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) leads the charge, and the results are appalling. When, after witnessing the slaughter of their comrades, a handful of the French troops refuse to leave the trenches, Mireau very nearly orders the artillery to fire on his own men. Still smarting from the defeat, Mireau cannot admit to himself that the attack was a bad idea from the outset: he convinces himself that loss of Ant Hill was due to the cowardice of his men. Mireau demands that three soldiers be selected by lot to be executed as an example to rest of the troops. Acting as defense attorney, Colonel Dax pleads eloquently for the lives of the unfortunate three, but their fate is a done deal. Even an eleventh-hour piece of evidence proving Mireau's incompetence is ignored by the smirking Broulard, who is only interested in putting on a show of bravado. A failure when first released (it was banned outright in France for several years), Paths of Glory has since taken its place in the pantheon of classic war movies, its message growing only more pertinent and potent with each passing year (it was especially popular during the Vietnam era).

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2010
UPC: 0715515064118
Original Release: 1957
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion Collection
Presentation: [B&W]
Language: English
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 548

Special Features

New Audio Commentary featuring critic Gary Giddens; Excerpt from a 1966 Audio Interview with Director Stanley Kubrick; Television Interview from 1979 with star Kirk Douglas; New Video Interviews with Kubrick's longtime executive producer Jan Harlan, Paths of Glory Producer James B. Harris, and Actress Christiane Kubrick; French Television Piece about a real-life World War I execution that partly inspired the film; Theatrical Trailer; Plus: A Booklet featuring an Essay by Film Scholar James Naremore

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Col. Dax
Adolphe Menjou Gen. Broulard
Ralph Meeker Cpl. Paris
George Macready Gen. Mireau
Wayne Morris Lt. Roget
Richard Anderson Maj. Saint-Auban
Joseph Turkel Pvt. Arnaud,Pvt. Pierre Arnaud
Timothy Carey Pvt. Ferol
Peter Capell Col. Judge
Bert Freed Sgt. Boulanger
Emile Meyer Priest
Kem Dibbs Pvt. LeJeune
Jerry Hausner Cafe Owner
Frederic Bell Shell-Shocked Soldier
Harold Benedict Capt. Nichols
John Stein Capt. Rousseau
Christiane Kubrick Deutsche Sängerin
Paul Bös Maj. Gouderc
Herbert Ellis Small Role
Emile G. Meyer Priest
Gerald Fried Composer

Technical Credits
Stanley Kubrick Director,Screenwriter
James B. Harris Producer
Calder Willingham Screenwriter
Jim Thompson Screenwriter
Erwin Lange Special Effects
Humphrey Cobb Screenwriter
Martin Müller Sound Effects
Al Gramaglia Sound Effects
Martin Mueller Sound/Sound Designer
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