Great Dictator (Blu Ray) (Criterion Collection)

Directed By: Charlie Chaplin

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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.


Studio Criterion Collection
SKU 220193663
UPC 715515080613
UPC 14 00715515080613
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/24/2011
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Switching Roles
Editors Note
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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "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)
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
Charlie Chaplin
Cast & Crew
Maurice Moscovich - Star
Reginald Gardiner - Star
Jack Oakie - Star
Bernard Gorcey - Star
Chester Conklin - Star
Carter DeHaven - Star
Paul Weigel - Star
Billy Gilbert - Star
Hank Mann - Star
Henry Daniell - Star
Paulette Goddard - Star
Grace Hayle - Star
Charlie Chaplin - Star
Emma Dunn - Star
Charlie Chaplin - Producer
J. Russell Spencer - Art Director
Meredith Willson - Composer
Karl Struss - Cinematographer
Rollie Totheroh - Cinematographer
Willard Nico - Editor
Charlie Chaplin - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1940
UPC 00715515080613
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 125 minutes
Color B&W
Aspect Ratio
  1.33:1 [4:3]
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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