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Charlie Chaplin - The Great Dictator [1940] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Charlie Chaplin
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AISJP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,517 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Tatiana on 10 May 2004
Format: DVD
When I first saw this film I was completely torn. Is it right to sit and laugh at a topic as serious as the Holocaust? I wondered. Charlie Chaplin once said that comedy is as important as any other genre because it reaches a wider audience. I certainly believe this. So if the result of this film at the time of its release was to publicise how ruthless the Nazis were being then I wholeheartedly condone it.
I marvel at how wonderfully Chaplin mocks Hitler. I suppose he’s right, Hitler was so incredibly insane you can’t help but laugh at him.
The film was released in 1940, before America had joined the war. Because America was neutral at this time the film industry was carefully watched. Films were not released unless they had the official Hays seal of approval. This meant that no film could portray Germany in a malicious or lets face it, realistic, way. There was a National Feelings Clause that stated ‘ The history, institutions, prominent people and citizens of other nations should be represented fairly.’
Chaplin however managed to slip through. Because he had his own independent studio, and the Hays Office only controlled big studio films, Chaplin had more freedom. But as the film took 2 years to make by the time it was released America had already joined the war and so offending Germany was no longer a concern.
What is interesting is that Germany is never once mentioned within the film, which in my opinion makes it hilarious. The fact Germany became Tomania, Hitler became Adenoid Hynkel, Mussolini became Benzino Napaloni and Goebbels (Hitler’s minister of propaganda) became Garbitsch (pronounced garbage) is just too funny and manages to make the entire country and regime look completely ridiculous.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 24 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
The Great Dictator is a beyond-excellent film. Charlie Chaplin succeeds in being both extremely funny and witty and yet at the same time provides a strong statement in his satire against fascism. The anti-Nazi speech by Chaplin at the end, with its values, is one of filmdom's great moments. Throughout this movie, I sensed there was some higher form of intelligence, beyond genuinely intelligent filmmaking, at work.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Graham S. Applin on 27 Jan 2007
Format: DVD
I've just sat through this film for the first time in many years. It is supposed to be Chaplin after his glory days when he was past his peak. RUBBISH!!! It is a tour de force of satire which is as relevant today as when it was first shown in 1940. Only Chaplin had the audacity to mix slapstick with chilling scenes of human cruelty. One minute we're shown storm troopers being hit on the head with a comedy frying pan faces covered in paint. The next, the Jewish barber is being lynched by a mob of storm troopers with a noose around his neck being strung up on a lamp post. Chaplin's portrayal of the banality (and vanity)of evil is masterful; the dance with the globe is sheer Chaplin. The cackle he gives when he takes the world in his hands chills the blood. Let no-one tell you that this is Chaplin on the cheap. It is glorious cinema from a master film maker from start to finish. The closing speech, which has always come in for criticism as preachy, arched, contrived etc, is to my mind very moving and reminds us that dictatorship is closer than we nowadays like to think. Chaplin has been seen as generally out of fashion for some time. I hope that this view is coming to an end. I think in many ways he was ahead of his time and a film like The Great Dictator is a good example of this. This film is nearly 70 years old but has not lost its power to make us laugh. Neither has it lost its power to either shock or warn.

The DVD is excellent as well.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. E. Hall on 10 Dec 2006
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Charlie Chaplin finally moved out of the 1920s and accepted that silent films were gone with his first 'talkie'. Yet Chaplin, like so few masters of the silent screen manages to translate to the new era of cinema.

The film begins at the very end of World War I, with Chaplin as the hapless soldier. This is classic slapstick humour and it is what made Chaplin great. He slips into a comar after a plane crash and does not wake up for almost twenty years, not realising that his native Tomania is now ruled by an insane dictator - Adenoid Hynkel (also Chaplin). His speach in pigeon German will have you howling.

Although the strength and sentimentality of the film may have faded, it is important to remember that this film was released in the first year of World War II, when it seemed likely that Europe would be under the Nazi jackboot in months. Chaplin treats the most unfunny of subjects with the most vicious of satires, and somehow managing to turn one of the most evil governments of all time into a laughing stock. However the comedy of the film is just as powerful. The site of the little barber swallowing endless coins and his clash with the 'Hairy Aryans' in the street is hysterical. Of course, it as the Great Dictator himself that provides the real star of the show. His dance with the inflatable globe is an iconic moment of cinema, and when the ruler of Bacteria (Italy), Napoloni (Jack Oakie) comes to town you will likely fall off the sofa. The food fight and the barber's chairs had me crying.

The DVD itself is superbly presented, remastered and clean picture and there are enough extras to keep you happy until doomsday. It is the film that will attract you though, and it should keep you coming back again and again.
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