The Great Dictator

Directed by Charlie Chaplin

At the end of the 30s when most of Europe and the U.S. didn’t take the Nazi threat seriously, Chaplin bravely went into production on this anti-Hitler satire. The actor-director plays a dual role: the despotic ruler of Tomainia Adenoid Hynkel and an amnesiac Jewish butcher returned from WWI’s trenches. Add a bit of mistaken identity and an iconic globe-balloon ballet, you have a satire so effective that Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco all banned it. Fascinating fascism indeed.

125 minutes

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