Incidentally, to me, David Simon (Homicide, The Wire, Generation Kill, Treme) chose the film and hosted the screening. He did a Q&A afterward. Turns out Paths of Glory is a sort of touchstone film for Simon. The movie is thematically relevant to his experience wrestling with, and depicting, institutional power structures on all levels of human endeavor and folly. Honestly, I didn’t know that much about Simon, but the guy’s a genius. I can say that because today he won the 2010 MacArthur “genius” award. After the Q&A, Simon stayed for a book signing, and you could also pick up a reissue of Humphrey Cobb’s 1935 novel, with a new introduction written by Simon.