time goes faster and faster the older you get. What a week.
We got back into the movie watching mode. Thursday we watched Dial M For Murder, a Hitchcock film about a guy that tries to off his cheating wife. I thought it was very good, with a good plot line, good acting and excellent music. That’s one of the things I’ve noticed about watching these old movies, the music is completely tied into the movie, almost as a featured component. Not saying that music isn’t a major part of modern movies but I get a sense that it was more integrated back then versus trying to sell soundtracks today.
And then last night we watched Paths of Glory. OMG, what a movie. I had no idea, no idea at all, that movies like this were made in the 50’s. What a movie. Pissed me off, made me cry, made me sad. It is the best anti-war movie I have ever watched, without a doubt. Set in WW1, Kirk Douglas plays a French colonel forced to attack a German stronghold in a futile attempt to overrun it. The attack fails and the general that planned and ordered it is going to make someone pay for the failure to salvage his reputation.
That’s about all I’ll say about the plot because you should watch it. This isn’t a peace-nik anti-war protest film. This is a film that will make you scream at the characters because it manages to portray people as they are. It doesn’t soft peddle reality nor hyper-excite from a “can’t we all just get along” base. Forget best anti-war movie I’ve seen. It might just be the best war movie I’ve seen.