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Film Festival - Paths of Glory

Wednesday - November 10, 2004
MAC Playhouse - 3:30 - 6:15 pm

Paths of Glory

Hosted by: Dr. Robert Singer, Professor of English
College Now English Course Coordinator
Dr. Mary Ortiz, College Now Science Course Coordinator

About the Movie: Paths of Glory
Director, Stanley Kubrick 1957 - Rating PG

This controversial and historically true film is one of the most explosive motion pictures you will ever see. The cruelty of the war in the trenches in WWI is shown as a unit commander in the French army must deal with the mutiny of his men and a glory-seeking general after part of his force falls back under fire in an impossible attack. This film is a study in power and its abuse. Starring: Kirk Douglas.

About the Presenter: Dr. Eleanor Cory
Dr. Eleanor Cory is a composer whose music is often inspired by art, literature, dance and film. A member of the Kingsborough Department of Communications and Performing Arts, she teaches traditional music theory and appreciation courses as well as a contemporary music/humanities course and interdisciplinary courses with the English Department. She sees film as a dramatic unfolding of events in time analogous to the interactions of instruments in musical compositions, shapes and colors in art, and words in books and poems. She selected Paths of Glory to encourage viewers to consider how war has influenced the creative arts in the 20th century.


Extra Credit Assignments
You have been asked to write a letter to your local congressperson in which you will express your views concerning the issue of self-imposed media control and the idea that both/all sides of an argument would have to be presented in media projects such as films and television shows. Fully discuss your view; you may refer to recent historical events, other opinions, television or newspaper coverage, or even the film Paths of Glory.


THIS IS NOT A RESEARCH PAPER - IT IS A REARCH-ORIENTED EXPERIENCE IN WHICH STUDENTS GATHER AND CATEGORIZE INFORMATION. THEY CAN PREPARE OUTLINES, NOTE-CARDS, A BIBLIOGRAPHY, CITE REFERENCES (quote, paraphrase, summarize), OR PRACTICE ANY COMBINATION OF THESE SKILLS ASSOCIATED WITH PREPARING A RESEARCH PAPER. Utilizing the library and its resources, and/or material from the Internet, prepare an investigative project that focuses on any one of these topics associated with the film, Paths of Glory:

a - causes of World War I
b - trench warfare/poison gas
c - military tribunals: then and now
d - the Dreyfus Affair
e - films, poetry and art about World War I


Many issues arise from the analysis and discussion of the film, Paths of Glory. Some of the more personal issues involve the military's abuse of power, judicial injustice, cowardly behavior, capital punishment, and more. Some broader, social issues discussed in the film involve the role and power of the military in the times of crisis, the corruption/honesty of leadership, and making a case for an open trial system. There are other related personal and social issues arising from the analysis of this film, and these are only some suggested and significant themes to consider.

In a full-length essay (approximately 400-500 words), later to be revised for content and correctness, discuss any of the issues raised in the film Paths of Glory that you consider to be of special interest either for yourself or for society. Explain why and how these issues are significant not only in the film but also in relationship to your own life, American society, or both.


In a full-length essay (approximately 400-500 words), later to be revised for content and correctness, compare "Paths of Glory" to artistic, literary, musical, or dramatic works which you have studied in College Now Humanities, specifically those which deal with issues of war.

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