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Paths of Glory [DVD] [Criterion Collection]

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Theatrical Release: January 25, 1958 Shot at Bavarian Filmkunst Studios, Munich, Germany, and at Geiselgasteig Studios and Schleissheim Castle. PATHS OF GLORY was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1992. Susanne Christian, the singer at the end of the film, later became Christiane Kubrick, Stanley's third wife; they were married until Kubrick's death in 1999, and she maintains the official Stanley Kubrick Web site. Gerald Fried composed a different theme song for countries that might be offended by hearing the French national anthem, "Marseillaise," which appears as the theme song in most versions of the film. When Kubrick asked Kirk Douglas to star in PATHS OF GLORY, Douglas responded, "Stanley, I don't think this picture will ever make a nickel, but we have to make it." Douglas's own production company, Bryna Productions, produced the film. Bryna later made SPARTACUS, again with Kubrick at the helm. The last-meal scene took 68 takes. As a stunt to get the screenplay read, Kubrick and his production partner, James B. Harris, took a picture of themselves and some friends in military uniforms and attached the photo to each screenplay copy that went to the studios. The trenches built for the film were six feet wide instead of the standard WWI width of four feet in order to allow room for tracking shots. Harris appears in the film as a lowly private in the attack sequence; most of the cast was happy to outrank him. In order to shoot the battle sequence on a specific farm, Kubrick had to pay to the owner the market value of the crops that would have been grown there during the shoot. Joseph Turkel also appeared in Kubrick's THE KILLING and THE SHINING; Timothy Carey also appeared in THE KILLING. Baron von Waldendels served as the military consultant on the film. The hundreds of French soldiers were played by German policemen. France banned the film until 1974; the Swiss army censored it until 1970. Richard Anderson, who played Major Saint-Auban, went on to have a successful career as Oscar in THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN television series.
  • Credits
    Kirk Douglas, Issur Danielovitch, Isadore Demsky, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Wayne Morris, Richard Anderson, Joseph Turkel, Timothy Carey, Tim Carey, Timothy Agoglia Carey
  • Critic Reviews
    "Even though Kubrick made this while still in his 20s, it is arguably his best film..." -- 5 out of 5 Stars
    Total Film

    "This is the masterpiece from Humphrey Cobb's novel that put Kubrick on the map."
    USA Today

    "[T]he film by which Stanley Kubrick entered the ranks of great directors, never to leave them."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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