Paths of Glory 1957
Kubrick's early films are just as portentous and weighty as his later work, but there is a raw emotional core to Paths of Glory that I sorely miss later in his career.
It wouldn't be unfair to accuse this movie of being naive and heavy-handed. There are undoubtedly moments that fall flat, and Kirk Douglas doesn't always sell his righteous conviction. Overall though, I think it all hangs together beautifully.
The cast is top-notch, the standouts being Timothy Carey and…
Watched this directly back-to-back with The Wages of Fear (Clouzot, 1953), of which Sorcerer is a remake. It was my second time seeing both, and an interesting exercise in contrast and comparison.
Both movies are based on a book that I haven't read, so it's unclear to me what Friedkin is pulling from each source material. However, small differences between the original film and the remake have a huge impact. Clouzot's masterpiece delivers on incredible suspense while also offering richer…