10 films about the final days of rulers

- SPECTATOR LIFE - Jan 7, 2021 -

Stephen Arnell -

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All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs.’

Enoch Powell, (Joseph Chamberlain, 1977)

As President Donald J Trump witnesses the remaining days of his presidency ebb away, we take a look at the inevitable time when leaders face their ouster.

Some face the end with resignation and fortitude, but sadly (for them), many cannot accept that they no longer hold the reins of power.

So, as a no doubt disconsolate POTUS tucks into yet another cheeseburger (with two scoops of ice cream to follow), some motion pictures for him to reflect on.

‘My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;

Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!’

Ozymandias (1818) – Percy Bysshe Shelley

In chronological order of release:



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