YMMV / Paths of Glory


  • Adaptation Displacement: Humphrey Cobb's novel sold well in 1935 but now most people aren't even aware it was originally a book.
  • Award Snub: Failed to even get nominated for Best Picture. Ditto Stanley Kubrick for Best Director and Kirk Douglas for Best Actor.
  • Fridge Horror: All French enlisted men and junior officers are conscripts - they are forced to fight against their will.
  • 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 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.
  • Vindicated by History: The film failed on its first release, yet it's now considered one of the most poignant stories of war ever told,. It was banned in France until 1970 for its criticism of the French army.


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