Paths of Glory

Directed by Stanley Kubrick
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Paths of Glory (1957). In Stanley Kubrick's "Paths of Glory" war is viewed in terms of power. This mesmerizing, urgent film about a true episode in World War I combines the idea that class differences are more important than national differences with the cannon-fodder theory of war, the theory that soldiers are merely pawns in the hands of generals who play at war is if it were a game of chess. The result of this amazing film has been the emergence of one of the great talents in contemporary cinema, the master whose greatest work was yet to come.


Stanley Kubrick


Humphrey Cobb (novel)

Stanley Kubrick (screenplay)



Kirk Douglas... Col. Dax

Ralph Meeker... Cpl. Philippe Paris

Adolphe Menjou... Gen. George Broulard

George Macready... Gen. Paul Mireau

Wayne Morris... Lt. Roget / Singing man

Richard Anderson... Maj. SaintAuban

Joe Turkel... Pvt. Pierre Arnaud (as Joseph Turkel)

Christiane Kubrick... German singer (as Susanne Christian)

Jerry Hausner... Proprietor of cafe

Peter Capell... Narrator of opening sequence / Judge (colonel) of courtmartial

Emile Meyer... Father Dupree

Bert Freed... Sgt. Boulanger

Kem Dibbs... Pvt. Lejeune

Timothy Carey... Pvt. Maurice Ferol

Fred Bell... Shellshock victim

John Stein... Capt. Rousseau (Battery Commander)

Harold Benedict... Capt. Nichols (artillery spotter)

Paul Bös... Maj. Gouderc (unaccredited)

Leon Briggs... Capt. Sancy (unaccredited)

Wally Friedrichs... Col. De Guerville (unaccredited)

Halder Hanson... Doctor (unaccredited)

James B. Harris... Private in the attack (unaccredited)

Rolf Kralovitz... K.P. (unaccredited)

Ira Moore... Capt. Renouart (unaccredited)

Marshall Rainer... Pvt. Duval (unaccredited)

Roger Vagnoid... Cafe owner (unaccredited)