Paths of Glory by Stanley Kubrick (1957, 84 min.). A World War I French colonel (Kirk Douglas) takes on the army’s ruthless Captain when his men are accused of cowardice. The film unsentimentally portrays the absurdity of war and the callous ambition and pride that tears a “united front” apart. The film ends in an unexpected and profoundly moving way as a captured German woman sings to a rowdy group of French soldiers. “Paths of Glory was the film by which Stanley Kubrick entered the ranks of great directors, never to leave them” (Roger Ebert).