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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 220193663
UPC: 715515080613
UPC 14: 00715515080613
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The Comedy Masterpiece!
In his notorious masterpiece The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin (City Lights, Modern Times) offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a sly tweaking of his own comic persona. Chaplin (in his first pure talkie) brings his sublime physicality to two roles: the cruel yet clownish "Tomanian" dictator and the kindly Jewish barber who is mistaken for him. Featuring Jack Oakie (Thieves' Highway, Lover Come Back) and Paulette Goddard (Modern Times, The Women) in stellar supporting turns, The Great Dictator, boldly going after the fascist leader before the U.S.'s official entry into World War II, is an audacious amalgam of politics and slapstick that culminates in Chaplin's famously impassioned plea for tolerance.
Editor's Note
Charlie Chaplin has a dual role in this film, his first with dialogue. He plays a sweet-natured Jewish barber and a murderous Hitler-type dictator with such satirical impact that it counterbalanced the oratory of Adolf Hitler. Particularly delectable comic scenes are Hynkel's balletic "pas de deux" with a globe, and a cream cake fight between Hynkel and Napoloni, the dictator of Bacteria.

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image/sphe
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/24/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 125 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1940
Video UPC UPC: 00715515080613
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio   1.33:1 [4:3]
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The Great Dictator - The Criterion Collection - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Dusty Somers Reviews
Published on: 5/22/2011 1:05 PM
Charlie Chaplin took his time coming around to the world of talking pictures, not directing his first all-talkie until almost a decade-and-a-half after the era began. But with that film, 1940’s The Great Dictator, Chaplin sure had something to say. A direct attack on the person of Adolf Hitler made at a time when the United States was still firmly isolationist and a number of European countries were in appeasement mode, the film is bold, if a little clumsy, and in hindsight, more than a little the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Maurice Moscovich
Video Cast Info Reginald Gardiner
Video Cast Info Jack Oakie
Video Cast Info Bernard Gorcey
Video Cast Info Chester Conklin
Video Cast Info Carter DeHaven
Video Cast Info Paul Weigel
Video Cast Info Billy Gilbert
Video Cast Info Hank Mann
Video Cast Info Henry Daniell
Video Cast Info Paulette Goddard
Video Cast Info Grace Hayle
Video Cast Info Charlie Chaplin
Video Cast Info Emma Dunn
Video Cast Info Charlie Chaplin - Producer
Video Cast Info J. Russell Spencer - Art Director
Video Cast Info Meredith Willson - Composer
Video Cast Info Karl Struss - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Rollie Totheroh - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Willard Nico - Editor
Video Cast Info Charlie Chaplin - Director

Memorable Quotes

"You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful----to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power, let us unite. Let us fight for a new world...a recent world that will give men a chance to work----that will give youth a future and old age a security."----the Barber (Charlie Chaplin)

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound Critic
"[W]ith several immaculately realised sequences of pure visual comedy of which the globe-dance is merely the most iconic." 06/01/2010

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