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Paths of Glory (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on February 16, 2008

The Killing is Kubrick’s first great film, but Paths of Glory is his first masterpiece.  In fact, I can’t find any fault with it at all.  The acting is wonderful (even Kirk Douglas, who I’m not terribly fond of), the cinematography is wonderful, the plot is wonderful, the music is wonderful, the themes of injustice and corrupt officers and anti-war are wonderful.  The only charge you can really level against it is that it doesn’t have the operatic magnificence of Kubrick’s more acknowledged work.  But what you get instead is his most concise, to-the-point film.  Every minute of it is devoted to moving the story forward, nothing feels potentially superfluous or ostentatious.  I’m really glad I watched this again, I’d forgotten just how compelling and marvelously crafted it is.  Rating: 10

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