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Paths of Glory

Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) is the commander of the battle-decimated 701st Infantry Regiment of the French Army, dug in along the Western Front in a stalemated WWI. It is 1916 and the Allies have been struggling to overcome an equally determined German war machine for two years. Dax, who was a criminal lawyer during peacetime, hopes that his regiment will be relieved from front-line duty. The high command has other plans. The generals ... [+]
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
"An antidote to false movies about the glories of war (...) We can still take inspiration from the idealism and cool mastery of Kubrick's undying art"  POS
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
"'Paths of Glory' was the film by which Stanley Kubrick entered the ranks of great directors, never to leave them (...) Rating: ★★★★ (out of five)"  POS
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Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"Kubrick's first world war masterpiece (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Colin Kennedy
"Terse and remorseless it may be, but the final flourish is perhaps the most fitting gracenote in all of cinema (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
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Bosley Crowther
The New York Times
"Mr. Kubrick has made it look terrific. The execution scene is one of the most craftily directed and emotionally lacerating that we have ever seen."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Geoffrey Macnab
The Independent
"This superb 1957 film (...) is a reminder both of [Kubrick's] extraordinary formal virtuosity and powers as a satirist."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
David Gritten
"It is as fierce a condemnation of wars and the generals who conduct them as one might wish."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
"This is the director’s most vivid, most emotional and humane film, and perhaps his best (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States Slant "Though a minor achievement, it’s certainly his most humane film (...) [It] may be first-rate humanity, but it's also second-rate art (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
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