The Great Dictator

(Charlie Chaplin, 1940, USA, 125 minutes)

The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin’s first full talkie, is also the first Hollywood film to directly criticize fascist powers in Europe at the time, a year before the United States officially entered World War II. Chaplin plays two characters, one the dictator Adenoid Hynkel, the other a riff on his Little Tramp persona, where instead he is a Jewish barber and veteran of World War I. Co-starring his then-wife Paulette Goddard as a rebellious girl the barber falls in love with, The Great Dictator is further proof of Chaplin could do anything. Not for nothing that a clip of the final speech in this film has well over 10 million views on YouTube, and here Chaplin wasn’t even known for scripted dialogue in the first place.

Sunday, December 5 at 7:00pm

Winifred Moore Auditorium
470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119

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