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 Kubrick’s 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, they’re sentenced to be executed for cowardice. Douglas comes to their rescue.
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