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The Great Dictator: A Hollywood Wartime Classic

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator is known for its strong political overtones, a mix of comedy with tragedy and as Chaplin’s first ‘talkie,’ and most commercially successful film. The movie is a searing spoof of German dictator Adolph Hitler, and the Third Reich. The film openly condemns Hitler, fascism and the Nazis all in one breath. Chaplin’s final speech in the movie sums up his feeling toward Nazism as he references them as “machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts”.

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