I recently subscribed to FilmStruck, the new streaming home of the Criterion Collection, in addition to selections from TCM, and I am impressed so far. They currently have a feature on the films of Charlie Chaplin, so I decided to re-visit some of my favorite.
For good reason, "The Great Dictator" is my favorite Chaplin film. It combines his signature brand of physical comedy with smart (not so indirect) political satire. This creates a result that is genuinely hilarious, but also has a lot to say about the society of the time, and even modern day society. The Barber's speech at the end of the film is so timeless and inspiring. It is truly one of the best moments in the film. The characters in the film are also very well-developed. All of the characters are three-dimensional, which is surprising. Even the antagonist is somewhat humanized, although it is hard to sympathize with him because he is so obviously meant to reference Hitler. The cinematography of the film is very impressive too, as is the editing, creating a very nice flow within the film.
So overall, I really love "The Great Dictator". It has some very funny political satire, and of course, the comedy for which Chaplin is famous. Those who have never seen this film should.
The Great Dictator
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: FilmStruck.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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