Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory ★★★★★

"Paths of Glory is a perfect riposte to anyone who asserts that Kubrick was a cold director. Some think that he was detached, analytical, cynical and misanthropic. Stanley Kubrick was none of those things. He was a filmmaker who gave us his interpretation of the world so lucidly. He gripped and entertained us, he also made us reflect and question"

These were the words of Lynne Ramsey in her introduction to the BBC2 screening of Paths of Glory last night. Words I completely agree with. Paths of Glory is far from the work of a cold and aloof director. It's a film that leaves its audience reflecting not only on the horrors of war but also on the horrors of man, a film that rages at man's inhumanity to man. It is one of the very best anti-war movies, blessed with a stunning central performance from Kirk Douglas and the cast in general.

And if there was one thing that Ramsey's intro (along with the one from Christopher Nolan for 2001 also last night, and Danny Boyle's one for Barry Lyndon coming later tonight) ought to prove it's that it is about time that the beeb brought back Videodrome.

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