Film Reviews, Short Review

Paths of Glory (1957)

4/4

Stanley Kubrick’s greatest achievement, easily. Paths of Glory is dark, terse and brutal but it still remains one of the greatest anti-war films of all time. The long tracking shots which came to be such a large part of the man’s filmmaking is here and in full force, as is the icy, misanthropic atmosphere that would also become such a trademark of Kubrick’s later films. Yet, the inhumanity and coldness Kubrick is so often criticised for is put to great use here. It is through this iciness that we earn a precious window into these characters, and this is why the film remains a classic up to this day.

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