Aug 6, 2009
The Great Dictator is a comedy film directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin. First released in October 1940, it was Chaplin's first true talking picture, and more importantly was the only major film of its period to bitterly satirize Nazism and Adolf Hitler. The film is unusual for its period, as the United States was still formally at peace with Nazi Germany.
Chaplin's film advanced a stirring, controversial condemnation of Hitler, fascism, antisemitism, and the Nazis, the latter of whom he excoriates in the film as "machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts". The film was Chaplin's first "talkie", as well as his most commercially successful film.
This video directed to a dramatic plea for democratic values. The greatest speech of democracy I would say! What a fantastic video! I have never seen this film and Chaplin's performance is inspiring here. May he rest in peace!