Long before he catapulted to legendary-filmmaker status with 2001: A Space Odyssey
and A Clockwork Orange
and way before he scarred that legacy somewhat by having Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman contemplate dark, dank corners in the overly murky Eyes Wide Shut
Stanley Kubrick directed Paths of Glory
. The 1957 antiwar treatise is acknowledged as Kubricks first real masterpiece. Set in World War I and starring Kirk Douglas as a French colonel who battles his superiors as often as he does the Germans, Paths of Glory
is noteworthy for its pacifist position. Three soldiers retreat from combat after surveying a no-win situation that would indisputably result in their deaths. Once home, theyre sentenced to be executed for cowardice. Douglas comes to their rescue.
Fri., Jan. 6, 6 p.m.