This month we’re stuck deep in no man’s land, about to engage in a combative debate about the merits of Stanley Kubrick’s early anti-war film Paths of Glory.
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FILM Paths of Glory (1957) dir. Stanley Kubrick, USA Spartacus (1960) dir. Stanley Kubrick, USA Full Metal Jacket (1987) dir. Stanley Kubrick, UK
MUSIC “Army Dreamers” (1980), w & p: Kate Bush
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Thomas Gray, 1751
The boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow’r, And all that beauty, all that wealth e’er gave, Awaits alike th’ inevitable hour. The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
Cinephilia & Beyond also looks at the film in its current context, calling it “Stanley Kubrick’s first step towards cinema immortality”. This article is very thorough – there’s thoughts on the film, interviews with both Kubrick and co-producer James Harris, behind-the-scenes photos and more. It’s like the sunken treasure of Paths of Glory was finally found and placed onto this website. Check it out.
If for some reason you’ve never seen Paths of Glory – or, if you have and don’t yet own it – BUY! IT! NOW! There’s no excuse. Eureka Video added it to their Masters of Cinema collection (£13.99 on Blu-ray), and the Criterion Collection also did a marvellous restoration ($31.96 on Blu-ray, $23.96 on DVD). Both versions are sublime, so you can’t go wrong.
If you want to follow us on Letterboxd, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
Thanks again for checking out Celluloid Junkies. We’ll see you next month deep in the heart of Texas as we spend some time with three beautiful people (Liz, James and Rock, oh my) and talk about George Stevens’ 1956 epic Giant.
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