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 charges 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.

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    contentLocation France
    director Stanley Kubrick
    editor Eva Kroll
    events capital punishment courage death anxiety egoism injustice military discipline military law responsibility scapegoating
    genre drama political western
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    musicBy Gerald Fried
    producer James B. Harris
    productionCompany Bryna Productions Harris-Kubrick Pictures Corporation
    publisher United Artists
    theme black comedy war