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5.0 out of 5 stars A Breakthrough for Kubrick, 15 Aug. 2000
This review is from: Paths Of Glory [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This film is undoubtedely the film which proved to hollywood that Stanley Kubrick was the most promising director of his era. Paths of Glory is a powerhouse of a film delivering both a great story, outstanding acting and fantastic direction. If anyone is unconvinced of this watch the long tracking shots through the trenches. Timothy Carey is one of the most under-rated actors ever. As the bumbling Pvt. Ferol his performance is better than his last two Kubrick films. Kirk Douglas is less convincing as Col. Dax but this is still one of his better performances (his best is in Spartacus). The whole film looks great with great sets and camera shots and this is all down to Kubrick's precision directing. Thanks to the critical response to this film Hollywood began noticing Kubrick as a hot, young director. And how did Kubrick thank Hollywood? By directing, at the time, the most expensive film of all time ($12m) and the one true great epic film of the fifties and sixties. Kubrick then left America for England and never returned. Making his next eight classic films all in England. If you doubt the power of this film it was banned in France for eighteen years after it's initial release.
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