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The Great Dictator (1940) June 5

One of the most controversial movies of the 1940s, THE GREAT DICTATOR was the first talking film made by British comedian Charlie Chaplin. The movie is a political satire condemning antisemitism and fascism, and mocks several European leaders of the time, including Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

The movie follows a Jewish barber (Chaplin), who has spent years recovering from wounds received during the First World War. Now out of the army hospital, the barber is unaware of the rise of fascist dictator Adenoid Hynkel (also Chaplin) and his anti-Semitic policies. When the barber, who bears a remarkable resemblance to Hynkel, returns home, he is stunned by the brutal changes and recklessly joins a beautiful girl (Paulette Goddard) and her neighbors in rebelling. Also starring in the movie are Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner, Billy Gilbert, Maurice Moscovich, and Henry Daniell.

Rating: G
Runtime: 126 Minutes
Language: English
Venue: Cinema Capitol
Format: Digital Print