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Paths of Glory

Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. A fiery Kirk Douglas stars as a World War I French colonel who goes head-to-head with the army’s ruthless top brass when his men are accused of cowardice after being unable to carry out an impossible mission. This haunting, exquisitely photographed dissection of the military machine in all its absurdity and capacity for dehumanization (a theme Kubrick would continue to explore throughout his career) is assembled with its legendary director’s customary precision, from its tense trench warfare sequences to its gripping courtroom climax to its ravaging final scene.

Paths of Glory was restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in cooperation with MGM Studios, with funding provided by The Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Special Features

  • New high definition digital transfer made from 35 mm film elements restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in cooperation with MGM Studios, with funding provided by the Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New audio commentary featuring critic Gary Giddins
  • Excerpt from a 1966 audio interview with director Stanley Kubrick
  • Television interview from 1979 with star Kirk Douglas
  • New video interviews with Kubrick’s longtime executive producer Jan Harlan, Paths of Glory producer James B. Harris, and actress Christiane Kubrick
  • French television piece about a real-life World War I execution that partly inspired the film
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar James Naremore

New cover by F. Ron Miller

Special Features

  • New high definition digital transfer made from 35 mm film elements restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in cooperation with MGM Studios, with funding provided by the Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New audio commentary featuring critic Gary Giddins
  • Excerpt from a 1966 audio interview with director Stanley Kubrick
  • Television interview from 1979 with star Kirk Douglas
  • New video interviews with Kubrick’s longtime executive producer Jan Harlan, Paths of Glory producer James B. Harris, and actress Christiane Kubrick
  • French television piece about a real-life World War I execution that partly inspired the film
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar James Naremore

New cover by F. Ron Miller

Paths of Glory

Cast & Credits

Kirk Douglas

Colonel Dax

Ralph Meeker

Corporal Philippe Paris

Adolphe Menjou

General Geoge Broulard

George Macready

General Paul Mireau

Wayne Morris

Lieutenant Roget

Richard Anderson

Major Saint-Auban

Joseph Turkel

Private Pierre Arnaud

Christiane Kubrick (as Susanne Christian)

German singer

Jerry Hausner

Proprietor of cafe

Peter Capell

Narrator/Court-martial official

Emile Meyer

Father Dupree

Bert Freed

Sergeant Boulanger

Kem Dibbs

Private Lejeune

Timothy Carey

Private Maurice Ferol

Director
Stanley Kubrick
Producer
James B. Harris
Screenplay
Stanley Kubrick
Screenplay
Calder Willingham
Screenplay
Jim Thompson
Based on the novel by
Humphrey Cobb
Photographed by
George Krause
Camera operator
Hannes Staudinger
Art director
Ludwig Reiber
Music
Gerald Fried
American production manager
John Pommer
German production manager
George von Block
Editing
Eva Kroll
Makeup
Arthur Schramm
Sound
Martin Müller

Paths of Glory: “We Have Met the Enemy . . .”

Paths of Glory: “We Have Met the Enemy . . .”

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At Work with Curtis Tsui on Paths of Glory

At Work with Curtis Tsui on Paths of Glory

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Terry Gilliam’s Closet Picks

While in town for the release of his new movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, the legendary filmmaker stopped by to pick up some Criterion favorites.

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Celebrating Kirk Douglas’s Centennial

Celebrating Kirk Douglas’s Centennial

With a career spanning more than seven decades, Kirk Douglas has long since earned his place among the most luminous figures in Hollywood history. After cutting his teeth on the New York stage, he began his film career in the 1946 Barbara Stanwyck ve…

From the Kubrick Archives

From the Kubrick Archives

On what would have been the iconic filmmaker’s eighty-eighth birthday, we’re celebrating him with a selection of essays, photos, and videos from our releases.

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