Creative Works of Recent Dictators


English: North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

What I Really Want to Do Is Direct: The late North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il was also a passionate filmmaker. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Famous dictators often have a creative side. Adolf Hitler went to art school. The late Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi wrote novels. Here’s an excerpt:

After man had travelled in outer space so much that he had become overcome by dizziness, after government budgets could no longer support expensive space programmes, after man landed on the moon and found nothing, after the two astronauts exposed the wild speculations of scientists concerning the existence of seas and oceans on the moon’s surface and the arrogant ‘Great Powers’ competed over owning and naming them, almost coming into conflict over dividing the moon’s wealth – especially marine resources – and after approaching the members of the solar system, taking their pictures and despairing of ever finding or being able to sustain life, man returned to earth, dizzy, nauseous, and fearing doom.

In fact, it was simply the case that the earth is the only known land, unique, a source of life. Life means water and food; earth is the only place that provides us with these. The only true needs are bread, dates, milk, meat, and water. The only air necessary for life is that which surrounds the earth. And so, man returned to the earth from his adventure in outer space.

The astronaut removed his space suit and donned an ordinary one, so that he could resume his life upon the ground, having ended his mission in space. He began to look for earth-based work. He entered a carpenter’s shop, but could not handle such simple tasks, since they were outside his area of specialization.

In a similar vein, here’s the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il‘s monster movie, Pulgasari. Budding film directors may also wish to read his textbook on film direction, Cinema and Directing.

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2 thoughts on “Creative Works of Recent Dictators

  1. TheBruce says:

    Rumor has it that the late Kim had the world’s largest movie collection. Of course, he was also rumored to be the world’s greatest golfer, once getting 11 hole-in-ones in a game. He DID have a pretty large collection though. Also, PULGASARI was the result of him legit kidnapping a South Korean director and forcing him to direct movies for him (of course, Kim was producer, so I don’t know how much of what that who did). The director, Sin Sang-ok, decided to make the worst possible film he could as a way of revenge.

  2. Wow, thanks for the additional info.

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