Tuesday, March 05, 2013


We were talking about Charlie Chaplin on the show this morning, which was serendipitous because I was just thinking about posting The Great Dictator for your snow day!  Shelley brought up Chaplin's Academy Award Lifetime Achievement award, and how he received the longest standing ovation in Oscar history.  TIME IT!

Now... The Great Dictator.  This is my favorite Charlie Chaplin film.  Made in 1940, this was his first full on talkie, but it also features some classic Chaplin pantomime.  For sure pay attention to the barber shop scene, as well as the globe dance.  Classic stuff.

The Great Dictator lampoons Adolf Hitler a year before the U.S. entered WW2.  Charlie Chaplin said that he never would have been able to make the film after the war once the horrors of the Holocaust were revealed, but he touches on the oppression of the Ghettos and the scape goating that European Jews suffered under Hitler.  The Great Dictator is powerful and effective and truly hilarious.  It's also a great way to fill two hours of your snow day!


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