Brilliant study into the nature of cowardice and the pathetic nature of the modern (well, in 1957) military machine. Vehemently anti-war, Kubrick takes us on a this-can’t-be-happening ride, as French soldiers fail in their mission to take a certain hill from the enemy. A court martial ensues, with devastating results.
One of Kubrick’s best works, and one that has been seen by relatively few. Also one of Kirk Douglas’s best roles ever. Banned on its release due to its obviously seditious nature throughout dozens of countries, now is the time to rediscover this gem.