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Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory(1958)

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Trivia

  • Paris, when he's about to strike Private Arnaud.
  • Although the story takes place in France's western front, Kubrick chose to shoot the film in and around Munich, Germany. Most interior scenes were filmed at Bavaria's Geiselgasteig Studios, and the court-martial scenes were shot in nearby Schleissheim Castle, an 18th-Century structure then serving as a national museum. Just beyond this location is the Dachau Concentration Camp memorial.
  • For box office reasons, Kubrick intended to impose a happy ending. After several draft scripts he changed his mind and restored the novel's original ending. Producer James B. Harris then had to inform studio executive Max E. Youngstein and risk rejection of the change. Harris managed by simply having the entire final script delivered without a memo of the changes, on the assumption that nobody in the studio would actually read it.
  • Richard Burton and James Mason were considered for the part of Colonel Dax.
  • When 'Kirk Douglas' was first approached for the role, he was committed to a Broadway play. Director Stanley Kubrick then met Gregory Peck in connection with How to Steal a Million (1966); Peck was interested but he too was unavailable. Douglas' play was postponed and Peck also managed to make himself available; Douglas got in first and got the part.

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