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Blood of innocent men. Hypocrisy of generals. Truth by Kubrick. Pathos by Kirk Douglas. Outstanding Film
on 11 September 2016
A magnificent film revealing the hidden-from view history of misguided, premeditated, gruesome yet legalised slaughter during WWI. All those politically-inspired generals (on both sides) who, without regret, remorse or articulated thought, collectively authorised and promulgated the slaughter of human life within the water and rat-filled trenches and the kill-zone of no-man's land. Further, they did so without the least spark of genuine or humane interest in the real-life human carnage they were creating. And for what? Often, to simply advance a few hundred yards. Stanley Kubrick directs. Kirk Douglas stars & produces. The supporting cast are splendid as they create the very essence of the foolishness and hubris of many of the higher officers, mostly living out their war in a privileged and safely-miles-behind-the-lines position. All appear as realistically as they first did in Humphrey Cobb's novel; a book originally banned in France - as it came way too close to revealing the malevolent and pointless nature of what all the politically-inspired misfit leaders planned to do with their armies; that is to say, to send millions of ordinary enlisted men and junior officers to their certain deaths. It's now exactly 100 years since The Somme and Verdun during 1916 bled the British, British Imperial, French and German nations halfway to death. The hypocrisy of assembling a kangaroo military court to visit ludicrous charges of cowardice, accompanied by the certain verdict of the death sentence, upon randomly-selected soldiers who had failed to 'take an objective,' is bitter to watch, even now. A timeless masterpiece from Kubrick and a timeless lesson for all that demonstrates the overwhelmingly pyrrhic 'victories' of WWI. A must-have for your collection. I thoroughly recommend this film classic.