Thursday, February 27

Special Engagements Archive

Paths of Glory



1957 dir Stanley Kubrick w/Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou • 88 min • DCP

We pay tribute to Kirk Douglas – one of the last movie stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood who passed away this month – with three of our favorites of his films.

A French commander in the trenches of WWI (Douglas) protests the mistreatment of his men and the futility of their campaigns in this stunning anti-war film from Stanley Kubrick. A landmark work by any standard, PATHS OF GLORY probably would not have been made without the involvement of Kirk Douglas as both producer and star. His reputation allowed the film to secure funding and his passion for the project lead him to support the bleak ending to the film – despite the concerns of the studio and even Kubrick himself.

“Both a terrifying, grim look at battle and an excruciatingly tense courtroom thriller. Together, it’s a devastating indictment of war as conducted by opportunists and liars.”
– Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

“This masterpiece still packs a wallop, though nothing in it is as simple as it may first appear; audiences are still arguing about the final sequence, which has been characterized as everything from a sentimental cop-out to the ultimate cynical twist.”
– Jonathan Rosebaum, Chicago Reader

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Thursday 2/27
at 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats in advance [instructions]. Regular & Dual Members may redeem passes at the box office pending availability.