“I am your father and you will show some respect.” Directed and co-written by Brady Corbet along with his wife Mona Fastvold ‘The Childhood of A Leader’ a chilling look at the childhood life of a post-World War I leader. The period piece follows the rise of fascism in the 20th Century and ties together the post-WWI political climate and the upbringing of a young American boy living in France in 1918, in a chateau outside Paris. His father is working for the US government on the creation of the Treaty of Versailles.
“He’s just a little boy. You cannot allow a child to run this household.” What he witnesses helps to mould his beliefs and the birth of a terrifying ego. Loosely inspired by the early childhood experiences of many of the great dictators of the 20th Century and infused with the same sense of dread as The Others and The Omen, ‘The Childhood of a Leader’ is an ominous portrait of emerging evil.
Based loosely based on Jean-Paul Sartre’s short story The Childhood of a Leader, published in 1939 as a collection of short stories titled The Wall, and John Fowles‘s 1965 novel The Magus, the film chronicles the childhood of a fascist leader during World War I.
‘The Childhood of A Leader’ starring Robert Pattinson, Liam Cunningham and Stacy Martin had its world premiere in-competition (Horizon section) at 72nd Venice International Film Festival in 2015 and won two awards at the festival; Best Debut film and Best Director. The film is now streaming on Netflix.
Source: YouTube, IMDb