The Great Dictator
The Great Dictator is a powerful movie, with a lot of comedic appearances, like when Tomania's power-hungry dictator Adenoid Hynkel talks so intense that he not only has to cool his vocal cords, but also drain water down his pants. The film is also very beautifully photographed, and the scene where Hynkel plays with the globe before finally puncturing it has become a classic.
In The Great Dictator, Chaplin parodies Hitler, his rhetoric, his manners and his imagined pride. The general American attitude at that time was that Hitler was more of a clown to laugh at than a torment one should fear. Only later did the Americans realize what a threat he actually was.
The film was nominated for several awards, including five Oscars in 1941.
|Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Maurice Moscovich, Reginald Gardiner, Henry Daniell, Billy Gilbert, Grace Hayle, Carter DeHaven, Emma Dunn, Bernard Gorcey, Paul Weigel, Chester Conklin
|United Artist/Charles Chaplin