The Childhood of a Leader (2015)

This stunning debut in auteurist filmmaking by actor-turned-director Brady Corbet is a snapshot in the life of a 10-year-old boy whose father is an American diplomat involved in the formation of the Treaty of Versailles, a peace treaty ratified in France in 1919 which ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers.

Newcomer Tom Sweet plays the astute little boy whose antisocial and manipulative behaviour, if left unchecked by his authoritarian parents, forbodes the rise of a megalomaniac.

You can find more information on this film on Wikipedia and IMDb. However, we recommend against reading spoilers or watching trailers (such as the one below) before watching a film; they almost always diminish the dramatic impact storytellers aspire to achieve.



Title: The Childhood of a Leader

Year released: 2015

Languages: English, French

Director: Brady Corbet

Screenplay: Brady Corbet, Mona Fastvold

Loosely based on: Jean-Paul Sartre’s short story The Childhood of a Leader (1939) and John Fowles’ The Magus (1965)

Cinematographer: Lol Crawley

Editor: Dávid Jancsó

Score: Scott Walker

Stars: Tom Sweet, Stacy Martin, Liam Cunningham, Robert Pattinson, Bérénice Bejo

Full cast and roles



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    1. Hi Pete! Nice to hear from you. Do please leave a comment on Red White & Blue and let us know what you thought of your £2.80 purchase!!

        1. Oh no, it’s not hard to believe at all. I have hundreds of books and films sitting on shelves that I haven’t got around to watch yet. It generates a nice, warm feeling – like our futures are safely taken care of!

    1. Pete, my dear old friend, I’ve been berating myself for being such a lazy good-for-nothing – especially considering the great films I’ve found and want to share. So I’m just starting a redesign project on wonderfulcinema and then I will start posting again. Well, at least once… (you know me by now!).

      Many thanks for getting in touch – it really is a great motivator!

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