As the world prepares to commemorate 100 years since the First World War, Stanley Kubrick’s devasting anti-war statement Paths of Glory returns to cinemas on 2 May. Partly based on actual events, Paths of Glory is an unflinching depiction of man’s capacity for evil and the atrocities of World War I.
The film’s unrelenting analysis of the absurdity of war proved controversial upon its initial release and still has the power to shock today. A defiant Kirk Douglas stars as Colonel Dax, an officer in the French army shocked by the slaughter of his subordinates and the senselessness of his superiors, who attempts to challenge the military establishment and save his men after a disastrous assault on an enemy stronghold.
Park Circus’ release of MGM’s Paths of Glory is back in cinemas from 2 May 2014, opening at BFI Southbank and selected cinemas nationwide.
Certificate: PG Distributor: Park Circus
Dir. Stanley Kubrick, US, 1957, 88 min, English | German | Latin
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou