The Great Dictator

great dictatorFound a piece from Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator watching  Mark Cousins’ 15-part series, The Story of Film: An Odyssey. Still haven’t finished the documentary, but the clip of Chaplin playing a Hitleresque character dancing with an inflatable beach ball designed like a globe was sheer magic. So we hunkered down the other night for Chaplin’s 1940 fantastic political satire on Hitler and WWII. Such genius, such imagination. So much can be said with humor when a person’s mind works like Chaplin’s. Realized Mel Brooks got most of his inspiration from him. The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are descendants of Chaplin’s greatness. The film itself was a bit uneven. There were many brilliant, perfect scenes interspersed with quieter, average scenes. For that reason only, I’m giving The Great Dictator a 4 out of 5. I’d like to explore more of Chaplin’s work. Any suggestions on where to head next?

Watch Chaplin’s infamous Globe scene from The Great Dictator.

 

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2 Responses to “The Great Dictator”

  1. thejewels18 Says:

    The Kid!

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