The Great Dictator

‐ Classic ‐ 125
2017 ‐

“A visionary satire that marked history, just as history itself left its mark on the film,” says A standout for a number of reasons: This movie, the first full “talkie,” brought to end the life of Charlie Chaplin’s endearing, pantomiming “Tramp,” the character that made him famous. It also brought political commentary of Adolph Hitler and his persecution of Jews to the big screen, with the script being written in 1938 as Germany was annexing what then was part of western Czechoslovakia. The movie managed to put Chaplin, a British citizen living in the U.S., in the sights of the House Committee of Un-American Activities. Chaplin made only four more movies.