Prior to all the postmodern goofiness and Peter Sellers antics of Dr. Strangelove, and before all the memorably absurd verbal lashings of Full Metal Jacket, Stanley Kubrick had already tackled modern warfare with a whole mess of poignancy and gorgeous tracking shots. In Paths of Glory, his 1957 adaptation of the novel by Humphrey Cobb, Kubrick delivers a grim and glamor-free depiction of French troops occupying the western front in World War I. It is hailed as the most true-to-life portrayal of trench warfare on film, although the movies most powerful antiwar sentiments—and there are many—are best revealed through the trial of three soldiers sentenced to death on charges of cowardice, and the personal crusade of Kirk Douglass Colonel Dax to save their lives. David Simon, the journalist/producer who created HBOs The Wire and Treme, will introduce the film before the screening.
Mon., Sept. 20, 7:40 p.m., 2010