Paths of Glory
Paths of Glory is a 1957 American anti-war film co-written and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel of the same name by Humphrey Cobb. Set during World War I, the film stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, the commanding officer of French soldiers who refuse to continue a suicidal attack, after which Dax attempts to defend them against a charge of cowardice in a court-martial.
The film begins with a voiceover describing the trench warfare situation of World War I up to 1916. In a château, General Georges Broulard, a member of the French General Staff, asks his subordinate, the ambitious General Mireau, to take a well-defended German position called the "Anthill". Mireau initially refuses, citing the impossibility of success, but when Broulard mentions a potential promotion, Mireau quickly convinces himself the attack will succeed.
|author||Calder Willingham Humphrey Cobb Jim Thompson Stanley Kubrick|
|award||National Film Registry|
|genre||drama political western|
|keywords||a sentimental folk song blackmail château commanding officer court martial court reporter court stenographer discover firing squad folk song french army german girl injured kill morning old man over the top plan scout shell shock the faithful hussar trench warfare wait world war i wrongdoing|
|producer||James B. Harris|