Paths of Glory – The Insanity of World War I

Brief historical background on the heartbreaking PATHS OF GLORY:

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Libraries of books have been written about World War I. Historians still debate why the murder of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophie resulted in a global war between countries that didn’t have any interests in the Balkans. They argue over why the generals of Great Britain, France, and Germany made the same mistakes over and over again between 1914 and 1918. Others argues that, actually, the generals didn’t perform that badly at all given the circumstances of the time.

There is no way to answer these questions in a simple blog post. Rather, I want to briefly describe how Stanley Kubrick’sPaths of Glory (1957) portrays The Great War, and to answer the question asked of every movie that portrays historical events, is it accurate? I’ll be honest. I’ve loved this movie since I first saw it in graduate school (while my main focus was medieval Europe, my secondary…

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2 thoughts on “Paths of Glory – The Insanity of World War I

  1. David and I saw this many years ago and have never forgotten it. One of the most powerful films ever. In general, I like a good new movie over a good old one, but they don’t make many like this any more.

    1. Very true…I’m still thinking about it weeks later. Also depressing to watch, especially when you consider that humanity doesn’t seem to learn much.

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