Paths of Glory is one of the few legitimately great, authentically anti-war films of the 20th century, rendered unbearably suspenseful under the master hand of Stanley Kubrick. It was the film that launched the photographer-turned-film-director to international fame. Calder Willingham and Jim Thompson worked on the screenplay from a Humphrey Cobb novel about a group of French soldiers on trial for cowardice in the thick of WWI. The army commanders, played by Adolph Menjou and George Macready, are cold and heartless, while the officer (Kirk Douglas) tasked with defending the soldiers in the courtroom is a decent man whose moral outrage provokes him to some splendid emotional outbursts. France frowned on the film’s depiction of military corruption and banned it for several years. It’s playing in tandem with the Skirball Center’s exhibition Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs. Tickets are free with museum admission.
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles; Tue., Oct. 1, 1:30 p.m.; Free. (310) 440-4500, skirball.org.