Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory gets a superlative 4K transfer and an enlightening commentary track from Kino Lorber.
It took a dozen years, but we finally get a transfer that does full justice to the glory of this most sumptuous of all Technicolor films.
The film is an oddly timeless comparison of stardom and totalitarianism, mass entertainer and mass murderer, director and dictator.
For better and worse, Paths of Glory is Exhibit A in defense of Stanley Kubrick against those who think he lacks human feeling.
These films offer a blueprint to the evolution of Kurosawa as an artist and the continuity of his style, windswept landscapes and all.
It’s time to take Potemkin out of the lecture hall, out of the museum, and recognize it for the vital, alive piece of cinema it is.