Stanley Kubrick

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory

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.

Film Info

  • Stanley Kubrick
  • United States
  • 1957
  • 88 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #538

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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
Paths of Glory
Cast
Kirk Douglas
Colonel Dax
Ralph Meeker
Corporal Philippe Paris
Adolphe Menjou
General Geoge Broulard
George Macready
General Paul Mireau
Wayne Morris
Lieutenant Roget
Richard Anderson
Major Saint-Auban
Joseph Turkel
Private Pierre Arnaud
Christiane Kubrick (as Susanne Christian)
German singer
Jerry Hausner
Proprietor of cafe
Peter Capell
Narrator/Court-martial official
Emile Meyer
Father Dupree
Bert Freed
Sergeant Boulanger
Kem Dibbs
Private Lejeune
Timothy Carey
Private Maurice Ferol
Credits
Director
Stanley Kubrick
Producer
James B. Harris
Screenplay
Stanley Kubrick
Screenplay
Calder Willingham
Screenplay
Jim Thompson
Based on the novel by
Humphrey Cobb
Photographed by
George Krause
Camera operator
Hannes Staudinger
Art director
Ludwig Reiber
Music
Gerald Fried
American production manager
John Pommer
German production manager
George von Block
Editing
Eva Kroll
Makeup
Arthur Schramm
Sound
Martin Müller

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