Released October 15th 1940 and the source of one of the greatest speeches in the history of the cinema.
THE GREAT DICTATOR - 1940
This scene was pretty funny, it was the only time he appeared to be interested in another human being, though his attempt at romance was obnoxious:) and as soon as duty called he dropped her on the couch.
I believe this is a British actress named Florence Wright.
His face looks so awesome in this poster. Sometimes movie posters don’t do justice to their subjects.
As Hitler and his Nazi Party rose to prominence in the 1930’s, Chaplin’s popularity throughout the world became greater than ever; he was mobbed by fans on a 1931 trip to Berlin, which annoyed the Nazis, who published a book in 1934 titled The Jews Are Looking at You, in which the comedian was described as “a disgusting Jewish acrobat” (despite the fact that Chaplin was not Jewish).
This scene always makes me laugh, look how he just caught himself from falling.
The storm trooper on the right in Hank Mann - he was with Charlie back in 1914 when he was with Keystone Studios, also he was the boxer Charlie had to fight in “City Lights”
THE GREAT DICTATOR - Ocotober 15, 1940
This was Charlie Chaplin most financially successful film but more than that it showed how a true film maker is brave, does things from his heart and mind, not what may be popular at the time.
Many in the Hollywood and Political communites feared that this film may incite Hitler but Hitler was already showing what an evil human being he truly was…I have no tolerence what so ever for anyone that can excuse anything Hitler did, he was pure evil.
A satire/making an ass out of the evil Hitler….
- In his 1964 autobiography, Chaplin stated that he would not have been able to make such jokes about the Nazi regime had the extent of the Nazi horrors been known, particularly the death camps and the Holocaust.
- In 1997, The Great Dictator was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.
- In 2000, the American Film Institute ranked the film #37 in its “100 Years… 100 Laughs” list.
250 Favorite Classic Films in no particular order
⇨ The Great Dictator (1940)
Look up, Hannah. The clouds are lifting, the sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world. A kind new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality.
The end of the speech..how haunting, the unimaginable that would be discovered 5 years later, if Charlie Chaplin only ever made one film this would be the one to show his genius and bravery to take on Hitler when other’s didn’t want to or couldn’t be bothered - it was not happening in their back yard so to speak.
This is eerie, Charlie Chaplin playing Adenoid Hynkel, wearing a traditional Bavarian Costume and going duck hunting.
I hope you can take it and post it yourself, the other side would be of no usage for you, it’s just a text in Czech - so I hope you can use this :)
It took so much time, because I didn’t know our scanner was broken.
This is really awesome, thank you so much.
The left photo with Hannah and the barber, they were helping her up she fell, at that point the Storm Troopers were told to lay off the Jews till Hynkel could secure a loan from an Mr.Epstein ( A Jew), when that did not work out, he had the storm troopers resume their terror.
Just horrible when you consider they actually happened.
The Great Dictator (1940)
The tragic part is this actually happened, he so deserved an Academy Award for this film and City Lights, the only competative Oscar he would win, the score for the film “Limelight” in 1973.
I always find that he had more passion for this globe than women, he appears to almost be making love to it. Just brilliant, I expect nothing less from Chaplin!!
THE GREAT DICTATOR - 1940
The part where he opens the door and all the cats coming running out is funny to me, it remind me of his short film “PAY DAY” 1922, he come in after a night of drinking, his wife left the dinner on the table and 20 cats are there. Of course in some of his other films he was menaced by cats:
Of course “The Circus”, in “The Gold Rush” he’s tied to a dog who takes off after a cat causing him to fall on his ass and in “City Light’ a cat knocks a flower pot onto his head.