The Childhood of a Leader

Synopsis: This chilling fable about the rise of fascism in the 20th Century tells the story of a young American boy living in France in 1918 whose father is working for the US government on the creation of the Treaty of Versailles. What he witnesses helps to mould his beliefs - and we witness 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Brady Corbet
  5 wins & 12 nominations.
115 min

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Meanwhile, some shepherds were

tending their flocks at night

when suddenly an angel

appears right before them.

I bring good news.

For today,

in the city of David

there is born for you a Savior,

who is Christ the Lord.

I'm sorry.

And this will be

the sign for you,

you will find a baby wrapped

in cloths and lying in a manger.

Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace among men

with whom He is pleased.

Who is that?



It's alright.

That's my son.

Is he alright?

Is he alright?

That's my son!

Is he alright?

Yes, yes.


Alright. You're alright.

Thank you.

Don't pedal

your way back now.

You wrote...

that the human race

is "Unimportant."

Not at all.

All I said is that

it's happened before

and will continue to happen

again and again.

Nothing like this has ever

happened before, come on.

They're still counting the dead.

Please don't miss my point

on purpose.

This kind of brutality can be

pursued back to Biblical times

and what I said in my article

was not that

the rest of the human race

is unimportant.

I only stated that, above all

it is the self

that mustn't be betrayed.

Well, let's look

at the Bible then.

I suppose one could say that

Pontius Pilate

did not betray his self.

Well, that is certainly

a banal illustration

and one that most scholars

would surely disagree with.

But alright, the...

the tragedy is not only that

Pontius Pilate betrayed his self

but that hundreds

in the crowd before him

did betray their selves.

And that's what I wrote

was the tragedy of war.

Not that one man

has the courage to be evil

but that so many

have not the courage to be good.

Damn it.

Alright, Charlie.

Looks like you're four behind.

Let's forfeit this awful game.

For your sake.


Why not?

I appreciate the company.

How did that brain of yours

get so big?

The house isn't so bad.

Lucky man, aren't you, boy?

It's too grand for just

the three of us...

and it's a bit isolated.

Well, it's not too far

for me.

I am in Paris less and less now

if I don't have to be.

Let's see what we have here.

And it doesn't seem to be

in such poor shape, does it?

We took it off.

My sister-in-law...

they cleared out

at the start of the war.

The house has just been sitting

here empty since they left.

Came with a bad cook

and a maid.

I don't know,

if we start to fix something

I think, if it's worth it...

who knows how long

we'll be here?

Yes, it might be a while.

Doesn't help you being

on the side

of the... eternal optimist,

does it?

Well, there it is.

Already, the French don't feel

what we're proposing

is a harsh enough response.

Well, no European would

regardless of what Wilson

and the Americans are proposing.

The war was fought

on their soil.

It's their future doctors

and fathers lost, not yours.

There it is. There it is.

Clemenceau would prefer

to have Germany...

Well, the whole goddamned

country dissolved.

Well, with some patience,

it'll be alright.

How's the wife

liking it out here?

Took her a week to get over

a bad case of boat sickness...

but she likes it fine.

Happy to be back

in Europe, I'd say.

I remember her

telling Catherine and I

that she lived in Strasbourg

for some time, yes?

Spent much of her

childhood life there, in fact.

She's got memories.

Honestly, I think

it's half the reason

Secretary Lansing

asked me to come along.

She impressed him

with her French at a...

a dinner party,

something or other

and he seemed to assume

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Brady Corbet

Brady James Monson Corbet (; born August 17, 1988) is an American actor and filmmaker. Corbet is known for playing Mason Freeland in the film Thirteen, Brian Lackey in the film Mysterious Skin, Alan Tracy in the 2004 film Thunderbirds, and Peter in the 2007 film Funny Games. He has made guest appearances on many television shows. He made his feature film directorial debut with The Childhood of a Leader and won Best Debut film and Best Director award at 72nd Venice International Film Festival.Corbet played Derek Huxley, the son of Jack Bauer's (Kiefer Sutherland) new girlfriend, in the first six episodes of the fifth season of the television series 24. more…

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