On today’s episode, I talked with Nick Reed about the 1957 anti-war film, Paths of Glory, directed by the great Stanley Kubrick. Based on real-life events, Paths of Glory stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, who is ordered by his pompous, and overambitious commanding officer, played by George Macready to lead a suicide mission. After the attack fails, Colonel Dax is then forced to defend his men against accusations of cowardice and betrayal which could ultimately lead to their deaths. From the dehumanization of soldiers to the absurdity of the upper-class immunity of war consequences and its romanticizations of battle, Paths of Glory explores the effects war has on everyone involved, from overeager blood-stained general to innocent barmaids. So sit back, relax, and confront the reality of humanity’s greatest failures.
You can purchase Paths of Glory here.
Cinemallennials is a podcast where myself and another millennial are introduced to a classic film for the very first time ranging from the birth of cinema to the 1960s. Myself and my guest will open your eyes to the vast landscape of classic film as we discuss the films' performers, their performances, those behind the camera, and how they and their films still influence our world today.
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