Paths of Glory

National Evening of Science on Screen
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1hr 28mins // directed by:Stanley Kubrick // featuring:Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker

As part of our national evening of Science on Screen involving independent cinemas in 17 cities across the country, we are proud to present Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, one of the greatest antiwar films of all time.

Experimental psychologist Steven Pinker – our inaugural Science on Screen speaker in 2005 – joins us before the film to discuss violence, human nature, and why – as implausible as it may sound – we may be living in the most peaceable, least violent and least cruel era in human existence.

About the Film

Kirk Douglas gives one of his finest performances as Colonel Dax, a World War I commander of a battle-weary regiment of the French army along the Western Front. When French generals, for the sake of their own selfish pride and personal ambitions, order Dax’s men on a blatant suicide mission to take an impregnable German position, the attack inevitably fails. To deflect blame, the generals order three arbitrarily selected soldiers to be tried on charges of cowardice. Dax, a criminal lawyer in peacetime, passionately and eloquently defends the three scapegoats, but unless he can prove that the generals were at fault, nothing will save his clients from the firing squad. Brilliantly shot in black and white,