#538: Paths of Glory

criterion538STANLEY KUBRICK

1957

It is often said that movies are so difficult to get made, it’s amazing they get made at all.  Sometimes projects are quashed because they come about at the wrong time, but there are cases when they end up being made later and, as they’re made so well, it’s hard to imagine them happening any other way.  Paths of Glory was initially brought up as a project in the thirties, but with the world at war and America still undecided as to what to do about it, it was considered a risky venture.  Twenty years later, Stanley Kubrick made it as the first film to earn him respect as an auteur, and the results made all its birthing pains worth it.

Listen to the episode of the podcast here:  PODCAST

My review of the film on the blog:  REVIEW

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