Eureka 4K Ultra HD Film Review

Paths of Glory (1957) • Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] — Kubrick’s first masterpiece

A French officer during World War I must defend three men unfairly accused of cowardice at a court-martial.

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15 min readMar 30, 2024

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InIn March 1958, most of the major Academy Awards were swept up by David Lean’s The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). A much smaller-scale war film from a little-known director named Stanley Kubrick received no nominations whatsoever; Paths of Glory was half the length of Kwai, dour and solemn, shot in black-and-white, and felt claustrophobic compared to Lean’s vibrant feast of Technicolor and CinemaScope.

At their core, though, both films featured somewhat similar characters: old-school army officers (Alec Guinness’s Colonel Nicholson in Kwai, George Macready’s Brigadier General Mireau in Paths) preoccupied with rulebooks and rigid concepts of honour. These officers were determined to achieve success, but within a narrow and petty definition of the term. In essence, their obsession with a limited view of what…

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Barnaby is a journalist based in Suffolk, UK. By day he covers science and public policy; by night, film and classical music. He has also been a cinema manager.