THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940)
November 23, 2019 - 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Directed by Charlie Chaplin starring Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard.
“A brave and controversial piece of filmmaking” – BBC.com
Silent-screen legend Charlie Chaplin’s first all-talkie film feature is one of his masterpieces. In a stirring satire of tyranny, Chaplin plays two roles: the brutal dictator of Tomania and a Jewish barber in the ghetto. They are dead ringers, and when they are mistaken for one another, the plot thickens. The zanier the gags, the harder they land as Chaplin’s comic persona takes merciless aim at Hitler.
In this film he contrasts the grand delusions of war and the treacherous realities of fascism against humanist values of peace, liberty, and justice. Chaplin proved that his comic voice was only enhanced by dialogue, and his message could not have been said more loudly or clearly. Nor could it be more current.
Winner of the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor