Title: Paths of Glory Rating: 8/10 Genre: Drama, War Paths of Glory is a war film shot in 1957 by the best of 'em, Stanley Kubrick. It's based on a novel which shares the same title and adapted into a screenplay by Calder Willingham, Jim Thompson and of course, Kubrick. This picture is rated an 8.4 on IMDB. My excitement to write this review completely exceeds my patience, therefore, without further ado, let me tell you more about one of Kubrick's best projects. Usually in cinema, war films love portraying the atrocious image of death, undeserved death. Sacrifice for the ugly human greed cloaked with a thin layer of freedom and protection for the greater good! Paths of Glory does exactly that, but also ventures further into relatable and truthful representations of the greed of mankind. This is a story that revolves around the German occupation of France in 1914 during the first World War. And instead of keeping our focus on the unecessary manslaughter that takes places on the battlefields, we're taken behind stage, inside the heads of the commanders and the leading officers making decisions that will impact hundreds of men, for what? For a temporary self-serving status. Shortly after the prologue of the film, we soon open our eyes to the man who rises against this corrupt evil, and puts his life, name and future on the line to fight for a humane purpose, Col. Dax. Col. Dax is by far, an exceptional character, packing all of the audience's ideologies and hopes. It felt like watching a Rocky Balboa ring, we cheer in his victories and we hurt in his defeats, yet he always rises again to fight the injustice with the heart of a lion. This is a man fighting against a force of viciously extreme circumstance, yet we never stop believing. To me, this is a character of high caliber. Well written, well executed and above all, well directed. 100 years later, and the world is still run by such men, men who have abandoned their humanity for the search of a greater pleasure … power. Personally, I do not only see this as a film, but also as a message of encouragement. A reminder that one must never cower in face of such glorified evil. Nevertheless, this is a beautiful film.