vrijdag 25 september 2015

100 Movie Challenge 2015 - # 123: Paths of Glory

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 88 minutes
Year: 1957
Starring: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou

Description: Based on the 1935 novel of the same name, it tells the story of an ill-fated assault on German forces by French soldiers, and the grippling consequences those soldiers face when they refuse to follow through with it.

Review: “Paths of Glory” is a relatively short film and maybe that’s the strength of it. Movies with a long runtime often drag, and “Paths of Glory” managed to avoid that. There are some characters that are a bit like caricatures, typical for war movies. The actual war part of the film is very short, but powerful and it has sharp dialogue. And the end scene also has something epic.
Kirk Douglas is very strong in his role. He is very natural, especially for that time. That’s why the overacting of some other actors is so obvious and sometimes bothered me.
Stanley Kubrick did a good job directing and the camera work is surprisingly good. De long shots in the trenches are amazing.

Rating: 3,5/ 5

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