68 – The Great Dictator (1940)

Just shaving this womans face here.

Just shaving this womans face here.

The third Chaplin film so far on the list,i think,but the first one with sound.Chaplin looks to be in his 40’s or 50’s in this film but the jokes are still coming quick and  fast.With him being able to vocalize his jokes now there are a a lot more of them and he doesn’t have to mug at the camera for the viewer to get them,he can just add a little dialogue or a quip and leave it at that.The plot if you haven’t already guessed is pretty much a spoof of Hitler and WWI.Names and places have all been changed but everyone knows whoa nd where he’s implying.There’s a good disclaimer at the beginning that states any similarity between the Jewish barber is coincidental,mind you not a disclaimer for the Hitler-esque character but the barber,ha.The best Chaplin film on the list with quite a few bits and pieces reminding me of The Marx brothers or Groucho.Worth a watch,the end monologue where he gives a heartfelt speech to the camera about how dictators will die eventually and with them their regime.I think Chaplin was accused of being a communist after this film came out and he got into a lot of bother and left America for good to get away from it all.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  FUNNY AND IF YOU LIKED CHAPLINS SILENT FILMS THIS IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

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