Roger Ebert has Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory” on his Great Movies list. The review, which is highlighted on Ebert’s site today, is nicely done.
This is probably my favorite Kubrick film. You see much of what Kubrick does best, from relentless denial of upbeat endings, to those long panning shots, and you see it in a short and moving film. He hasn’t yet becoming overly mysterious, overly long, or too wrapped up in the technical aspects of film-making, and so you have a Kubrick film with narrative drive, strong acting, and a compelling theme, none of which are obscured by an extra 60 minutes of on-screen time, or by endless onanistic shots.
There is apparently a restored print of “Path of Glory” playing in some cities. If it comes by and you haven’t seen it, make it a point to do so. As for me, will happily see it yet again.