Irish Film Institute -PATHS OF GLORY



86 minutes, U.S.A., 1957, Black and White, D-Cinema

Tickets on sale now. This film closes on Thursday, May 8th.


Paths of Glory established Stanley Kubrick’s reputation as a truly great filmmaker, and was the first of his three films (along with Dr. Strangelove and Full Metal Jacket) to explore the methods and madness of 20th century warfare. In First World War France, acting on the vague promise of a promotion, General Mireau (George Macready) is willing to send his men on a suicide mission to take a heavily-fortified German position.

The planning of the attack is left to Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) despite his protestations about its futility. After its inevitable failure, three of the surviving soldiers are randomly selected to face court-martial for cowardice in an attempt to cover up Mireau’s incompetence. Sober and compassionate, the film is one of the great anti-war war movies, and marked a huge leap forward for its director. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

This film will feature as part of May’s FREE film club meeting, The Critical Take, on Monday, May 26th at 18.30. This club is open to all so please join us to chat about this film and more! Simply collect your free ticket at the IFI Box Office.

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