The Executioner: By the Neck By David Cairns
Designing for del Toro By Eric Skillman
Plenty of war movies have been made since Paths of Glory came out in 1957, but few of them wield as much power as that masterpiece by Stanley Kubrick. The electrifying fictional tale of a great moral injustice committed by the French military during World War I, the film stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax (perhaps the most intense performance of this most intense actor’s career), who must defend three men in his regiment accused of cowardice for not carrying out what would have amounted to a suicide mission. This tale of the irrationality of war—one of Kubrick’s best films—is playing on November 17 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as part of the institution’s series Wars on Film (upcoming screenings include Grand Illusion and The Battle of Algiers). Check out the original trailer below.