• 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 public radio station WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show for an invigorating discussion about Stanley Kubrick’s classic World War I drama. In this illuminating sixteen-minute interview, Simon reveals that in creating The Wire’s depiction of nightmarish bureaucratic inertia he was “stealing from the dynamic of Paths of Glory,” and cites the frightening back-and-forths of the generals played by Adolphe Menjou and George Macready as “the twentieth century defined.” Simon—who wrote the foreword to a new Penguin Classics edition of the 1935 novel Paths of Glory by Humphrey Cobb—also uses Kubrick’s film to launch a discussion of the current American political climate and touches on what he is trying to accomplish with his current series, Treme.

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