Director: Stanley Kubrick
France, 1916, a few miles behind the front: upstairs, in the chateau commandeered by the French army as military headquarters, the orchestra plays a waltz for an officers" ball; and in the grandiose panelled library General Broulard has deserted his guests to sip brandy and talk with young Colonel Dax. "Troops are like children. They need discipline ..." The General believes in setting examples. Dax asks what kind of example and the old man gives an elegant, furtive shrug. "Shooting a man," he explains, "now and then !" In fact, three French soldiers are due to be shot as "examples" in a few hours lime . . .
Paths of Glory is drawn from an actual incident that occurred in the French army during World War One. There is much in the film that powerfully illustrates the physical horrors of war &ndash: such as the sequence of the attack itself, done mainly in a series of vivid, inexorable, lateral tracking shots. But even more impressive and frightening is the study of its social structure. The world seems cruelly divided into the leaders and the led, and the war itself an extended struggle for power, internal and external. Made like the film to which is has been most compared &ndash: All Quiet on the Western Front &ndash: twelve years after a major conflict, Paths of Glory, however, uses the intellectual as opposed to the emotional argument. It is not only a film of unusual substance but a powerfully realized and gripping work of art. There is much violence and unsparing physical detail, yet the final effect is somehow austere because the horror has a moral force. The execution sequence itself &ndash: the soldiers drawn up in the chateau's formal garden, the two generals erect and bemadelled nearly as if dressed up for a review, and a sudden twittering of birds as rifles are raised &ndash: is masterly.
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers USA/UK'a tour de force performance from Geoffrey Rush.' -screen InternationalMIFF patron Geoffrey Rush stars in the title role of The Life and Death of Peter Selle… More »
“Invokes slavishly two masters, Andrei Tarkovsky and Stanley Kubrick, with this intensely baroque and religion-inflected period horror.” - Screen International ... In 1595, decades of savage war … More »
The TV series that started it all, from the infiltration of Japanese style into Western TV animation to the tradition of cartoon robots still strong in Japanese amine today. The success of … More »
This unflinching documentary explores the minds of American soldiers who served a tour of duty in Vietnam, questioning them about the experience of the first time they took the life of a fellow human… More »
Russian filmmaker Pavel Klushantsev had an extraordinary influence on an entire genre. The Star Dreamer explores the life and work of this visual wizard and the fantastic legacy of his films which tr… More »