The Great Dictator (1940) was Charles Chaplin's first fully talking picture, a scathing comic assault on Adolf Hitler.
Moved by the plight that Jews, Gypsies (Chaplin was of Romanichal descent) and other dissenters were facing under the Nazi regime in Germany, he sought to appeal directly to as many people as he could. He shone a light on the inhumanity of Hitler's Germany at a time when no other studio would make such a statement.
Chaplin plays two totally opposite roles in his first 1940 "talkie," giving a superb display of his boundless talent for both inspired comedy and powerful drama. One of his masterfully drawn characters is a Jewish barber facing the constant threat of storm troopers and religious persecution.
The other is the great dictator, Hynkel, a brilliant lampoon of Adolph Hitler that is awesome proof of Chaplin's pantomime genius. Chaplin' savagely funny film painted Hitler as someone to be mocked, and is one of the greatest comedies of all time.
Special Offer: Book for this film together with any screening of ‘The Dictator’ for £10 (Friends £8). To get this discount online, you must choose the adult ticket (not OAP).
USA · 1940 · Charles Chaplin · 125min