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10th Aug '14 12:55:57 PM Morgenthaler
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30th Jul '14 7:13:00 AM moderator SeptimusHeap
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6th Jul '14 3:19:08 AM TurkishDelight
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Kick Them While They Are Down is about physical fights. Furthermore, the movie is based on Humphrey Cobb's 1935 novel, which was based on the case of the corporals of Souain; if it's inaccurate, I'd blame it on Cobb, not Kubrick.
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Some corrections to fix the hyperbole in the previous edit: I take it back that the French and *especially* Tsarist Russian militaries were *never* this bad, by dint of law of averages and some particularly sociopathic comamnders. I also take it back that the post-Nivelle Mutinies were "never this dramatic" since I meant to say something else but it didn't really get to it. Some of the Post-Nivelle mutinies were pretty eyebrow raising, but most of them (especially on the Western Fronts until the Germans started falling apart) were pretty bland on the whole.
As somebody who has bothered to research the French military and the post-Nivelle mutinies, saying that the events of this movie are "based" on any of those is akin to saying that Braveheart was based on the actual history of William Wallace, if not even worse. The actual context and character of the "Corporals of Souain"- according to those who actually knew them and the others who were involved in it- is so utterly mutilated that anybody looking at the actual events can see exactly where Kubrick inserted- what I can only call "unadulterated BS." The effing Russian military- nevermind the French one- was never *this* bad, the mutinees were never that dramatic, and the fact that the Mutiny at Souain was viewed as irresponsibility that got many others killed by *some of the other mutineers* says something. As for the idea that the French military was "helpless" against Kubrick, it is and always has been hard for militaries- both good and bad- to fight off "black legends", and the fact that this movie is still cited or treated as an even remotely accurate portrayal proves that.
The movie is based on the true story of the Corporals of Souain. In 1915, after an entire company refused to attack, four corporals, Théophile Maupas, Louis Lefoulon, Louis Girard and Lucien Lechat were singled out an executed. They were exonerated in 1934.
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The French military was not "helpless" against an "attack" by Kubrick.
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