Paths of Glory Movie Review Summary

Actors: Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Timothy Carey, Ralph Meeker

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In the muddy, bloody trenches of France during the First World War in 1916, General Broulard orders subordinate General Mireau to take the German fortress known as the "Ant Hill" and promises a promotion for success. It's an impossible mission headed by field commander Colonel Dax (Douglas). After the French forces fall back with heavy losses, Mireau orders a court-martial of three fall guy soldiers for cowardice. An outraged Colonel Dax defends his men, but in vain, and they are sentenced to die by firing squad. Stanley Kubrick directed this dark and bitter 1957 indictment of war, ambition and hyperpatriotism.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

During WW I, some French soldiers refuse orders go embark on a suicidal attack. Three are chosen at "random" to be tried and executed for cowardace and mutiny. Kirk Douglas plays their commanding officer, a former lawyer, who is assigned the difficult task of defending them.
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Script Analysis of Paths of Glory

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1900-1920's Legal/Political Thriller?    -   Yes War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army Specific to    -   WW I Legal Thriller Plotlets:    -   military on trial

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier    -   champion of justice Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)    -   French


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   prison    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead    -   gory visuals of deaths Kind of violence:    -   land battles    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   None Lot of special effects?    -   Yes Kinds of F/X    -   exploding bombs

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