So before I left for my extended journey I looked around for lists of the 100 best movies of all time, and downloaded them to watch when I don’t have any internet connection.
Paths of Glory is a 1957 American anti-war film co-written and directed by Stanley Kubrick.
The film was banned in countries including France, the USA, and others for many years. But by 1992, the film was deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
It’s a stunning film, so bleak and frustrating, and grim. As I write this, during the days of the Ukraine invasion by Russia, it makes me feel that little has changed in the nature of man, and armed conflict.
The other thing this film gave me is the realisation that I love the work of Stanley Kubrick. As you might expect I love 2001 A Space Odyssey, and A Clockwork Orange. But watching Paths of Glory, and reading about it, has helped me realise just how amazing Kubrick’s works are, and I’m going to revisit some of them now 🙂