Brief: Paths of Glory
Paths of Glory
The film follows a French squadron tasked by their leader, General Mireau (George Macready, giving such an excellent performance I'm surprised he is not more often spoken of as a great cinematic villain) with taking a German position. The attack is impossible, and when the men fail to advance, Mireau demands three of them be tried for cowardice. Colonel Drax (Kirk Douglas, also tremendous) defends the men and seethes against the injustice of a military system that would execute men for failing to achieve an impossible goal.
The direction is superb, the acting is phenomenal across the board, and the film is a startlingly emotional examination of injustice, the absurdity of war, ambition, and idealism. This is very clearly the work of a brilliant filmmaker on the rise, and well worth the time of anyone who hasn't seen it yet.
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