Paths of Glory

TitlePaths of Glory
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1957
AuthorsKubrick, Stanley
Running Time1h 28m
DistributorUnited Artists
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

Paths of Glory is a 1957 American anti-war film directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel of the same name by Humphrey Cobb (1899–1944). Set during World War I, the film stars Kirk Douglas as the French Colonel Dax, commanding officer, 701st Infantry Regiment. Three of his soldiers refuse to continue a suicidal attack and are court-martialed. Dax, who was a criminal defense lawyer in civilian life, volunteers to defend the men at their court-martial, but the trial  is a farce. In his closing statement, Dax denounces the proceedings: “Gentlemen of the court, to find these men guilty would be a crime to haunt each of you till the day you die.” Nonetheless, the three men are sentenced to death.

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