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Rated NR · 150 minutes · 1957

Stanley Kubrick's stunning antiwar drama Paths of Glory (1957) gets a thorough exegesis from Columbia College adjunct faculty David Spodak, who wrote, directed, and narrated this 2009 documentary. A frail Kirk Douglas delivers a sort of benediction at the beginning, then Spodak gets to work on the film, freezing frames and rerunning sequences to reveal Kubrick's formidable skill behind the camera. Paths of Glory ran a compact 88 minutes, and this illustrated lecture clocks out at 150, but Spodak justifies the hefty running time with long segments of the film unobscured by voice-over; you can follow the story easily, making Spodak's presentation more satisfying than DVD commentary. You might enjoy this even if you haven't seen Paths of Glory, though Kubrick's film is so raw, shocking, and angry that you'd be nuts to cheat yourself out of a proper first viewing.
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer: Humphrey Cobb, Stanley Kubrick, Calder Willingham and Jim Thompson
Producer: Kirk Douglas and James B. Harris
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Wayne Morris, Richard Anderson, Timothy Carey, Christiane Kubrick and Bert Freed

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