The Great Dictator
2019 marks the 130th birthday of Charlie Chaplin. SWIFF pays tribute to the icon that shaped modern cinema with a screening of his (eerily relevant) political satire, The Great Dictator.
The Great Dictator was the first time many of Charlie Chaplin's fans heard the silent movie star's voice, in his very first speaking role, earning him a 1941 Oscar nomination for Best Lead Actor. The family-friendly classic that won the hearts of film lovers the world over, with striking, moving performances by the much beloved master of silent and physical comedy.
Produced during wartime, and highly critical of Adolf Hitler, The Great Dictator sees Chaplin playing the imperialist demagogue Adenoid Hynkel, expanding empire while a poor Jewish barber (also played by Chaplin) tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.
Chaplin’s speech at the end of The Great Dictator is something to behold. It provides an excellent roadmap of how citizenry can conquer the issues that divide it and how a selfless leader should view the world.