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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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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


Classic Films in Focus: THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940)

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 13, 2013 From Virtual Virago

We think of Charlie Chaplin as a silent comedian, but he also made a number of talkies in his later career, the best known of which is The Great Dictator (1940), which offers a direct response to the global catastrophe then brewing on the European front. In this picture, made before the United State... Read full article


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When Charles Chaplin first announced that he was going to make this film, the British government - whose policy at the time was one of appeasement towards Nazi Germany - announced that they would ban it. By the time of the film's release, though, Britain was at war with Germany and in the midst of the blitz, so the government's attitude towards the film had completely changed toward a film with such obvious value as propaganda.
Charles Chaplin accepted an invitation to perform the movie's climactic speech on national radio.
Color behind-the-scenes footage exists, including the only footage of an aborted ending in which soldiers break into a folk dance.
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