While Kubrick and writers Calder Willingham and Jim Thompson have changed the focus and toned down some of his narrative’s brutality, Cobb yet remains the ultimate source of the film’s drama and of most of its ideas.
Paths of Glory finds Kubrick dealing in the wider realm of ideas with a relevance to man and society. Without casting off any of his innate irony and skepticism, the director declares his allegiance to his fellow men.
Stanley Kubrick's 'Paths of Glory' (1957) is much more than an antiwar film; it is as much about the necessary absurdity of the human condition as about the contingent horror of war
To a certain extent, this forthright picture has the impact of hard reality, mainly because its frank avowal of agonizing, uncompensated injustice is pursued to the bitter, tragic end.
Not the least of the virtues of Stanley Kubrick’s movie version of Paths of Glory is that it has been a chief help in rescuing Humphrey Cobb’s 1935 novel— now appearing, as they say, on your neighborhood book-stand.
Contributi critici del regista cinematografico Michelangelo Antonioni, del critico letterario Giulio Cattaneo, dello storico del cinema Fausto Montesanti e dello sceneggiatore Giorgio Prosperi. Con una nota critica di Lino Del Fra.