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Paths of Glory

Stanley Kubrick

 
Paths of Glory (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1957
  • 88 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #538

Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. A fiery Kirk Douglas stars as a World War I French colonel who goes head-to-head with the army’s ruthless top brass when his men are accused of cowardice after being unable to carry out an impossible mission. This haunting, exquisitely photographed dissection of the military machine in all its absurdity and capacity for dehumanization (a theme Kubrick would continue to explore throughout his career) is assembled with its legendary director’s customary precision, from its tense trench warfare sequences to its gripping courtroom climax to its ravaging final scene.

Cast

Colonel Dax Kirk Douglas
Corporal Philippe ParisRalph Meeker
General Geoge BroulardAdolphe Menjou
General Paul Mireau George Macready
Lieutenant RogetWayne Morris
Major Saint-Auban Richard Anderson
Private Pierre Arnaud Joseph Turkel
German singer Christiane Kubrick (as Susanne Christian)
Proprietor of cafe Jerry Hausner
Narrator/Court-martial officialPeter Capell
Father Dupree Emile Meyer
Sergeant Boulanger Bert Freed
Private LejeuneKem Dibbs
Private Maurice Ferol Timothy Carey

Credits

DirectorStanley Kubrick
ProducerJames B. Harris
ScreenplayStanley Kubrick, Calder Willingham and Jim Thompson
Based on the novel byHumphrey Cobb
Photographed byGeorge Krause
Camera operatorHannes Staudinger
Art directorLudwig Reiber
MusicGerald Fried
American production managerJohn Pommer
German production managerGeorge von Block
EditingEva Kroll
MakeupArthur Schramm
SoundMartin Müller

Disc Features

  • New high definition digital transfer made from 35 mm film elements restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in cooperation with MGM Studios, with funding provided by the Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New audio commentary featuring critic Gary Giddins
  • Excerpt from a 1966 audio interview with director Stanley Kubrick
  • Television interview from 1979 with star Kirk Douglas
  • New video interviews with Kubrick’s longtime executive producer Jan Harlan, Paths of Glory producer James B. Harris, and actress Christiane Kubrick
  • French television piece about a real-life World War I execution that partly inspired the film
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar James Naremore

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

Paths of Glory: “We Have Met the Enemy . . .”

By James Naremore October 25, 2010

In 1945, a teenage Stanley Kubrick was given a job as staff photographer at Look magazine, where he published more than nine hundred striking images, most of them in the realist style of New . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Paths of Glory

By David Ehrenstein June 25, 1989

With Paths of Glory (1958), director Stanley Kubrick established himself not simply as the leading commercial filmmaker of his generation, but a world-class talent as well. Based on a novel by . . . Read more »

Big Screen


Photo Galleries


Photo Galleries


Clippings

He Is Spartacus

April 28, 2011

Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles will host a special screening Friday, April 29, of Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, as part of the annual TCM Classic Film Festival—and the mighty gladiator . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Paths of Glory

October 28, 2010

“Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 antiwar filmPaths of Glory is a movie that should fail to move no one. I daresay it’s one of those films that forever changes a person,” begins Jamie S. Rich’s highly . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Paths of Glory: “We Have Met the Enemy . . .”

By James Naremore October 25, 2010

In 1945, a teenage Stanley Kubrick was given a job as staff photographer at Look magazine, where he published more than nine hundred striking images, most of them in the realist style of New . . . Read more »


Contests

Caption Contest Winners

October 06, 2010

Last month, we asked you to give us a hand in creating brief ad taglines for our October titles. The response, in comments on the Criterion Current, was so overwhelming that we had trouble . . . Read more »


Clippings

Simon Forges Paths on WNYC

September 20, 2010

In anticipation of his appearance at tonight’s screening of Paths of Glory at Film Forum in Manhattan, TV producer and writer David Simon (creator of the lauded HBO series The Wire) stopped by . . . Read more »


News

Still Kubrick

August 25, 2010

Long before Stanley Kubrick was Stanley Kubrick!, he was a young photographer for Look magazine, snapping for the publication starting at age seventeen. A collection of two hundred pictures that . . . Read more »


Interviews

At Work with Curtis Tsui on Paths of Glory

August 05, 2010

I work in the editorial department here at Criterion, and I’ve recently taken it on myself to do a little poking around at the office, to find out what my colleagues have going on and share that . . . Read more »


On Five

Paths of Glory Cover Art

July 23, 2010

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Film Essays

Paths of Glory

By David Ehrenstein June 25, 1989

With Paths of Glory (1958), director Stanley Kubrick established himself not simply as the leading commercial filmmaker of his generation, but a world-class talent as well. Based on a novel by . . . Read more »