Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator”

I just spent 3 hours investigating far-right political parties in Europe, and this came up randomly on YouTube: Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator.”

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I’ve actually never seen the film, but understand that this scene, of Hitler dancing with a bouncing globe, is a classic.

Some interesting history from Wikipedia:

At the time of its first release, the United States was still formally at peace with Nazi Germany. Chaplin’s film advanced a stirring, controversial[4] condemnation of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini’s fascism, antisemitism, and the Nazis, whom he mocks in the film as “machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts”….

In his 1964 autobiography, Chaplin stated that he would not have made the film had he known about the actual horrors of the Nazi concentration camps at the time.


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