French in the Trench: The Best WWI Flicks

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A war whose sequel ultimately eclipsed it in human memory, much like “Wrath of Khan” would “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” World War I ushered in much of what is considered modern warfare. The advent of machine guns, tanks, chemical warfare and a ton of other horrible crap that scarred an entire generation of men lacked, however, the stamp of the spectacular, enduring villain found in the next installment. Perhaps this is why classic WWI films are not as readily identifiable to the average film viewer as are the myriad noteworthy WWII films Hollywood has regularly put out pretty much since that conflict ended. Luckily you have us to point you in the right direction.
French in the Trench: The Best WWI Flicks

2“Paths of Glory” (1957)

Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant photography and distinctive direction coat this heartbreaking true story of French infantrymen court martialed for the carelessness of their callous, aristocratic superior officers. Kirk Douglas stars as the fiery military lawyer representing the doomed men in this dark game of chess. The overall fatalism and absurdity of war hang thick in this stark, bracing classic, and its frightening trench scenes rival its topnotch courtroom drama.

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