Is Kleo on Netflix based on a true story or book?
It’s been a big year for Netflix content so far, and one of the big shows of the moment is undoubtedly Kleo.
It is currently in the top 10 TV categories in various regions and tells the story of a former East German spy who hunts down those who betrayed her after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The series was created by Hanno Hackfort, Bob Konrad and Richard Kropf, and you’re likely to be shocked to see the Stasi assassin prove himself as a force to be reckoned with.
As her road to revenge continues, a question may arise…
Is Cleo on Netflix Based on a True Story?
The creators behind the German series borrow from real life to sculpt Cleo but the story she tells is fictional.
It begins with a disclaimer that “This is a true story. None of this actually happened,” which is pretty accurate in describing the project.
All the background information we have provided for context tells the audience that this is a true story.
For example, East Germany’s intelligence agency and the secret police State Security Service, aka the Stasi, are real entities, and The Cinemaholic highlights that there are reports confirming that the minister’s “special problems” task force actually exists.
The creative team had access to the manual to inform them of the show’s history.
On the other hand, it is important to acknowledge that the central character is not based on a specific historical figure. So, German history plays an undeniable role in the show’s framework, but don’t expect to find Cleo’s story in any history books.
Kleo has a distinguished literary inspiration
Although the story begins in the late 1980s, The Cinemaholic reports that the creative trio was heavily inspired by the classic 1844 novel, The Count of Monte Cristo, written by Alexandre Dumas.
The book tells the story of someone wrongfully imprisoned who manages to escape and seek revenge.
As you can see, there are clear parallels with the Kleo beyond the location change.
‘Cleo is more than an antihero’
Jella Haase (who plays Cleo) recently sat down with Time News and was asked if she thought of her hero as a villain:
“Cleo is an antihero. She’s too fragile, too flawed, too passionate, too lovable to be a true villain. Instead, she is a born radical, but then stumbles again and again in her own courage. You can’t pin good or bad on it. In this regard, she is not even a classic action heroine.
She added: “This character is very violent and I had to ask myself how I could do justice to this excess of violence and her murder… in its exaggerated form. Cleo is initially robbed of her life, then of the system she lives in, but also of the people around her. She loses faith in life. In her journey, she tries to regain her dignity.
Kleo is now streaming on Netflix.
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