The Great Dictator (1940)
January 14, 2017 - 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
A film by Charlie Chaplin with Paulette Goddard and Jack Oakie.
“This is the story of the period … during which insanity cut loose, liberty took a nose dive, and humanity was kicked around somewhat.” So begins Charlie Chaplin’s unforgettable political parody, The Great Dictator.
Even in 1940, at the peak of Hitler’s madness, Chaplin takes aim at the perils of power, propaganda, and pompous autocracy (via mythic dictator Adenoyd Hinkel). Blending brilliant buffoonery with keen satire, he casts a perceptive, far-sighted eye at the nature — and danger – of tyranny, bullying and scapegoating.
“Chaplin’s message is loud and clear as he stares evil in the face” –filmcritic.com
“…brave and controversial” – BBC.com
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