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.