05 December 2011

Charlie Chaplin's speech in "The Great Dictator"

Here is the original version (without the rather hectic imagery of the one above): YouTube link.


  1. Yea, the irony is that (the real) Hitler thought he was making the world a better place. He too was uniting humanity, and fighting hatred and exclusion (which he perceived as the fault of Jews, other 'degenerates', and communists).

    When this movie was made, Hitler was very popular with a lot of people in Europe, and National Socialism wasn't thought to be such a bad thing.

  2. It's been such a long time since I've seen the movie ~ thanks for the great reminder ~

  3. Robin Williams sounds a lot like him...

  4. I've been reading this blog for a few weeks now, and I have been constantly struck by how in tune with my own interests it is. Now, I have to ask...


    I remember when my husband and I first watched The Great Dictator. The little Jewish barber began his speech so shyly, unassumingly...and he slowly, seamlessly, magnificently morphed from this character into Chaplin himself, appealing directly to us with every particle of his being. It blew us away. I glanced over at my husband at one point and his mouth was literally hanging open. When the speech finished, we sat in silence for a minute before we could speak.

    You really know how to pick the items to display in your "cabinet of curiosities."


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