Thursday, March 10, 2011

That Damn Double-Cross Party

The Great Dictator (1940)
Dir - Charles Chaplin

What a great film! Chaplin should really be commended for not only making something so ballsy for the time but being able to mix comedy, drama and a strong message so well. Some scenes (notably the pudding scene and Hynkel with the globe) had me laughing, while others I found somewhat frightening and sad. It's said Chaplin didn't know to what extent the Nazis would go and he wouldn't have taken certain things so lightly, but it's hard to forget that now while watching. Still a triumph of a movie.

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