Great Dictator (Blu Ray) (1940)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
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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 NoteCharlie 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.
The Great Dictator - The Criterion Collection - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Dusty Somers Blogcritics.org 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 problematic....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Charlie Chaplin - Producer|
|J. Russell Spencer - Art Director|
|Meredith Willson - Composer|
|Karl Struss - Cinematographer|
|Rollie Totheroh - Cinematographer|
|Willard Nico - Editor|
|Charlie Chaplin - Director|
|"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)|