Although this Chaplin movie isn’t considered one of his very best, its satire and characters are so good The Dictator could meaningfully fit in at any time in history. At our present time as a wave of -isms – populism, racism, separatism, nationalism, even trumpism – is a dominant force across the western world, Chaplin’s pre-war satirical drama takes on a renewed actuality. The Great Dictator is about the little man’s struggle against the powers at be, and it’s satirical, funny and entertaining with it – very physical with lots of slapstick, all with perfect timing. Here’s my favourite scene; the choreographic element in both the idea and performance of this sequence is wonderful:
And here’s the full version, if you’re thus inclined. Enjoy!
The Great Dictator (1940) | Charlie Chaplin | Satirical Comedy, Drama, War | Full HD Movies | Duration: 2:05:35