Here are two phenomenal anti-war films from the master director, Stanley Kubrick. He was a bit of an enigma for the fact that, although working under the studio system, he was eventually able to obtain complete artistic control over his movies. His catalogue speaks volumes through it’s vast diversity and genius vision. To learn more about the great man, you can check out the documentary, Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001).
Paths Of Glory (1957) demonstrates the injustice of a corrupt military bureaucracy. The film is set in WWI, where Kirk Douglas stars as Colonel Dax of the French Army. The story is generally told in a straightforward fashion, with some well-placed symbolism along the way. The emotional ending is devastatingly brilliant.
Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) was a timely satire and cautionary tale filmed during the Cold War and just shortly after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Great performances by George C. Scott, Peter Sellers and Slim Pickens helped carry Kubrick’s realized script into the timeless classic that it has become.
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