In his controversial masterpiece The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin 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 "Tomainian" dictator and the kindly Jewish barber who is mistaken for him. Featuring Jack Okie and Paulette Goddard 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 speech.
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs)
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 565.
Criterion collection ; 565
Dictators -- Drama.
Dictators -- Parodies, imitations, etc.
Fascism -- Drama.
Germany -- History -- 1933-1945 -- Drama.
Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 -- Drama.
Jews -- Persecutions -- Germany -- Drama.
Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945 -- Drama.
National socialism -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Charles Chaplin Film Corporation.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Daniell, Henry, 1894-1963.
Gardiner, Reginald, 1903-1980.
Gilbert, Billy, 1894-1971
Goddard, Paulette, 1911-1990.
Oakie, Jack, 1903-1978.