Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Chris' Film Club: The Great Dictator

Today we would say a very happy birthday to the legendary Charlie Chaplin (if he weren't somewhat deceased). He would be 124 today and he is one of silent cinemas most famous faces. His most successful film was his first fully 'talkie' film: The Great Dictator.

The film is a cutting satire of Hitler, Mussolini, Nazis and facism in general. At the time of it's release in 1940 the USA was not at war with Nazi Germany but Chaplin did not care. The film sees A Jewish Barber (that's his character name) switch places with ruthless dictator Adenoid Hynkle due to their being very similar in appearance. It has many classic moments that, even if you haven't seen the film, will be recognisable due to many films having paid homage to them over the years.

Enjoy the extremely dated trailer below!

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