YMMV / Paths of Glory


  • Award Snub: Failed to even get nominated for Best Picture. Ditto Kubrick for Best Director and Kirk Douglas for Best Actor.
  • It Was His Sled: You know what will happen to the soldiers on trial for cowardice, but that doesn't make the whole affair any less cathartic.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Mireau crosses it when he orders his artillery to fire on B company in order to force them out of the trenches.
  • Tear Jerker: The ending. A young German woman is forced to sing for the soldiers in a tavern. They are are cat-calling, hooting, and laughing at her. Then she starts to sing a simple, well-known ballad about love in war, "The Faithful Soldier". The audience quiets down, and they start to hum the song along with her, as they recall their youth, their homes, and their loves in a world they may never see again. It's easily the most sentimental moment in a film by Kubrick, who's career is the definition of anti-Rousseau Was Right.
    • Hell, much of the movie is this, especially in the second half.
  • Values Resonance: Sociopathic officers and government officials who treat war like a business can still be seen in modern warfare. The film's view of patriotism and "raising morale" continues to ring true with a lot of people over half a century after its release.


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