Soldiers take a stand
February 5, 2014
The next film in the Humanities Film Series: Perspectives on War delves into the nature of courage and following orders with a screening of Paths of Glory.
The viewing will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 in the downstairs meeting room of the Jacksonville Public Library. Chris Ashmore, director of the Jacksonville Public Library, will introduce and lead a discussion of the film. The viewing and discussion are free and open to the public.
A classic anti-war drama, directed by Stanley Kubrick, Paths of Glory tells the story of a stubborn French officer during World War I who orders his troops on a hopeless suicide mission. When the troops retreat in the face of a certain death, he demands that three soldiers be selected for execution as cowards.
This powerful film, starring Kirk Douglas and Adolphe Menjou, exposes the insanity of war. Wonderfully photographed from its realistic trench warfare sequences to its final courtroom climax, Paths of Glory remains as powerful a film today as when initially released.
This is the final event in the 2013-14 Perspectives on War, which has been co-sponsored by the Jacksonville Public Library and MacMurray College. The series presented four viewings and discussions of films that delve into the human condition through the lens of the experience and effects of war.