Perspective of Soldier and Absurdity in Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory”

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Perspective of Soldier and Absurdity in Stanley Kubrick's "Paths of Glory"
Director Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957) is an excellent example of a war film that discusses both the perspective of the soldier and the absurdity of war when viewed from a more distant perspective. The film's early battle scene, in which soldiers are ordered to perform an impossible task by taking the strategic Ant Hill, is an intense portrait of life in the trenches. Men die immediately upon leaving their trenches and a fear based on survival instincts rather than cowardice is evident in the words and faces of the soldiers.
Following the battle, Kubrick transports viewers to the lavish world of military officers. The tribunal, which sends three random...
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..... ambush. After suffering the loss of friends, Joker is left to execute the Vietnamese woman who attacked them. His “Born to Kill” side wins out, as Kubrick seems to say is inevitably must, so that soldiers on both sides, including those who survive, are casualties of war.
Works Cited
Full Metal Jacket. Dir. Stanley Kubrick.
Perf
. Matthew
Modine
, Adam Baldwin, Vincent
D'Onofrio
, R. Lee
Ermey
, and Dorian
Harewood
. Warner Bros. Pictures, 1987.
Paths of Glory. Dir. Stanley Kubrick.
Perf
. Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, and
Adolphe
Menjou
. Harris-Kubrick Productions, 1957.
Thin Red Line, The. Dir. Terrence
Malick
.
Perf
. Nick Nolte, James
Caviezel
, Sean Penn, Elias
Koteas
, Ben Chaplin, Dash
Mihok
, and John Cusack. Fox 2000 Pictures, 1998.