The Great Dictator
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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 Oakie 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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 38
- Fresh: 35
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 8.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Now that the waiting is over and the shivers of suspense at an end, let the trumpets be sounded and the banners flung against the sky.
Fresh: It's when he is playing the dictator that the comedian's voice raises the value of the comedy content of the picture to great heights.
Fresh: The film remains controversial to this day.
Fresh: Like all major Chaplin works, Dictator was a cheaply, but methodically, made film, a cardboard act of humanist defiance, and, thanks to its purity of purpose, the cheesier the jokes get, the harder they land.
This film is worth every penny. His speech is hauntingly timeless; much like James Stewart's in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. Both are lessons in humanity and should not be missed.
One of the greatest speech's ever told I will always love Charlie .
You don't hate only the unloved hate!
so true, this is one of the reasons why chaplin was a genius of his time and any other time and why I respect him so much. He went after hitler before we did.