Paths of glory

Criterion Collection (Firm)

DVD - 2010

During WWI, a French battalion is ordered on a suicide mission that is likely to fail. When it does, the general that planned the mission selects three soldiers from the battalion to be executed for cowardice, and selects their leader as their attorney.

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[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection c2010.
Corporate Author
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Corporate Author
Criterion Collection (Firm) (-)
Other Authors
Humphrey Cobb, 1899-1944 (-)
DVD special edition ; DVD edition ; widescreen
Item Description
Based on the novel "Paths of glory" by Humphrey Cobb.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1957.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
DVD; region 1, NTSC; widescreen (1.66:1) presentation; Dolby Digital mono.
Not rated.
Named to the National Film Registry in 1992 by the Library of Congress.
Production Credits
Photographed by George Krause ; editor, Eva Kroll ; music, Gerald Fried.
  • Special features: Commentary by critic Gary Giddins; Audio interview with Stanley Kubrick conducted by Jeremy Bernstein (1966); Television interview with Kirk Douglas (1979); Video interview with James B. Harris; Video interview with Christiane Kubrick; Video interview with Jan Harlan; Segment from a French news program detailing the World War I tragedy involving French Corporal Théophile Maupas (1997); Theatrical trailer. Booklet: "We have met the enemy ..." essay by James Naremore.
Review by Library Journal Review

Kubrick's brilliant Paths of Glory (1957) bitingly traces the court-martial of three French soldiers during World War I on charges of cowardice for failing to follow suicidal orders. Kirk Douglas is magnificent in his outrage as the determined colonel tasked with defending men whose fates have been preordained. Twenty years after his sublime Days of Heaven, Malick returned to directing with The Thin Red Line (1998), a lyrical rumination on the natural world, humankind, and armed conflict set during the World War II battle for Guadalcanal. Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, and other familiar faces share the screen with promising newcomer Jim Caviezel, whose meditative character epitomizes the loss of innocence. The extras on both discs serve to enhance appreciation for the films, while the high-definition presentations make the case for libraries to upgrade their collections. Two rereleases whose appeal transcends the war-film genre.-Jeff T. Dick, Davenport, IA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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