Paths of Glory (1957) HOME 
You've spoiled the keenness of your mind by wallowing in sentimentality  -  Adolphe Menjou as General Broulard
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The film title is from a Thomas Gray poem.  ‘The paths of glory lead but to the grave.’
Kirk Douglas said:  "a picture that will always be good, years from now. I don't have to wait 50 years to know that, I know it now."
Winston Churchill said the film accurately depicted  trench warfare and the sometimes ill-conceived workings of military practices.

  Attention-holding script depicts the unfortunate outcome of human ambition left unchecked.  Here the highest ranking military leaders deem killing invigorating, compliment ‘dying well’ and sanction the execution of their own men.


  Not all is despair however with Kirk Douglas as the voice of humanity – a voice not silenced and not yet capable of deterring institutionalized murder, but (like the song at film’s end) does crack open the hope for change.


  Kubrik’s direction is particularly strong with his actors who amplify the film’s power with unflinching portrayals, and for what he fills the frame with, from placing viewers in the trenches to situating military leaders in their God-like palaces.

        » Brent Chastain,   

Review Comments When First Released:

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Bosley Crowther, N.Y. Times

Hollis Alpert, Saturday Review

Review Comments Contemporary:

William Bayer, The Great Movies

Nicolas Rapold,

Leslie Halliwell, Film Guide
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