The Great Dictator Overview:

The Great Dictator (1940) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Charlie Chaplin and produced by Charlie Chaplin and Carter DeHaven.

The Great Dictator was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1997.

Academy Awards 1940 --- Ceremony Number 13 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorCharles ChaplinNominated
Best Supporting ActorJack OakieNominated
Best Music - ScoringMeredith WillsonNominated
Best PictureCharles Chaplin ProductionsNominated
Best WritingCharles ChaplinNominated
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Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" at 80: Dreamers and Doers

By FlickChick on Oct 19, 2020 From A Person in the Dark

This is my entry in the Classic Movie Blog Association's Politics in Film Blogathon. For more examples of how this red hot topic is handled on the silver screen, click here.Spoiler alert: this is going to get political. Typically, I try (sometimes not always successfully) to keep politics off this s... Read full article


The Great Dictator: Beware of Bufoons

By FlickChick on Sep 29, 2016 From A Person in the Dark

This is my entry in the Dual Roles Blogathon hosted by the great bloggers at Christina Wehner: Classic Movies, Musicals, Old Books and the Great American Songbook and Silver Screenings. Check both sites for more fabulous cinematic doubles. THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940) In one of history's greate... Read full article


The Great Dictator (1940)

By Beatrice on Apr 6, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Great Dictator Directed by Charles Chaplin Written by Charles Chaplin USA/1940 Charles Chaplin Productions Repeat viewing/Streaming on Hulu Plus #144 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die This has moments of absolute genius although I have mixed feelings about the concluding speech. A poo... Read full article


The Great Dictator (1940)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 15, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Starring Charlie Chaplin with Paulette Goddard, this satire blatantly critiques Hitler and the Nazis. The film opens during WWI where a little solider (Chaplin) saves an important military man. However, as a result he lands in a hospital with amnesia. All the while the power hungry dictator of Toman... Read full article


The Great Dictator (1940)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 15, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Starring Charlie Chaplin with Paulette Goddard, this satire blatantly critiques Hitler and the Nazis. The film opens during WWI where a little solider (Chaplin) saves an important military man. However, as a result he lands in a hospital with amnesia. All the while the power hungry dictator of Toman... Read full article


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Adolf Hitler considered Charles Chaplin to be one of the greatest actors he had ever seen, while Hitler assumed that Chaplin was a Jew.
Charles Chaplin got the idea when a friend, Alexander Korda, noted that his screen persona and Adolf Hitler looked somewhat similar. Chaplin later learned they were both born within a week of each other, were roughly the same height and weight and both struggled in poverty until they reached great success in their respective fields. When Chaplin learned of Hitler's policies of racial oppression and nationalist aggression, he used their similarities as an inspiration to attack Hitler on film.
During Hynkel's speech, there are several recognizable German words used. Most popular are "Wienerschnitzel" (a Viennese style breaded veal cutlet), and "Sauerkraut" (a kind of sour preserved cabbage). Others are "Leberwurst" and "Blitzkrieg". Though some other utterances vaguely resemble words in German, the speech is actually gibberish. Several times in the film, Hynkel utters "cheese und cracken!" in the context of an obscenity.
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