Kubrick found his way into filmmaking in 1951 with the documentary Day of the Flight, moving into features with Fear and Desire (1953). His 1956 heist flick The Killing and the uncompromising antiwar drama Paths of Glory (1957) earned acclaim and marked him as a budding talent. His next movie, the 1960 spectacle Spartacus, was a critical and box-office success.
Not one to shrink from controversy, Kubrick helmed the inky comedy Dr. Strangelove in 1964, followed by his magnum opus, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), which redefined the sci-fi genre; Kubrick scored Oscar nods for both films. Other works include his cinematic swan song, Eyes Wide Shut, released after his death on March 7, 1999.
Col. Dax leads a weary regiment of French army soldiers during World War I. When French generals order the regiment to carry out what amounts to a suicide mission against German fire, some of the men refuse and are tried on charges of cowardice.