Movie Review: THE GREAT DICTATOR, 1940. Director/Starring: Charlie Chaplin


In a tribute to Charlie Chaplin’s birthday today!

Movie Reviews

Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard

Review by Michael Aloisi


At the end of the First World War a clumsy solider ends up in the hospital for twenty years with amnesia. When released he goes back to his barber shop unaware that his country is now being ruled by a tyrant of a dictator, who he happens to be the spitting image of and one day gets mistaken for.


Charlie Chaplin’s (though billed as Charles in this film) first full length all sound picture, The Great Dictator was a ground breaking in its time for its anti-fascism. When the film first started production in 1937 the world hardly knew of the atrocities Hitler was doing. Charlie decided to do the film after a friend of his told him how much he…

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