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How ‘Childhood of a Leader’ Shows Us the Making of a Fascist

Director Brady Corbet explains why he wanted to make a movie about what it would take to transform a young child into an evil dictator.

by VICE Staff
26 July 2016, 12:00am

For the latest episode ofVICE Talks Film, we sit down with filmmaker Brady Corbet to talk about his dark, chilling, and incredibly ambitious directorial debut,Childhood of a Leader. The film—which earned him awards for best director and best debut feature at the 2015 Venice Film Festival—is set in the shadow of WWI and chronicles the childhood of a nine-year-old boy through a set of increasingly intense tantrums, painting an ominous portrait of the formation of a fascist.

Corbet discusses the film's thunderous score composed by Scott Walker, how being a child actor impacted his directorial approach, and how winning at the Venice Film Festival transformed his life.

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