The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator ★★★★½

“The way of life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way.”

Every Chaplin film I’ve seen before this one was silent. It’s a little weird watching Chaplin talk, and seeing all of the same kinds of gags with sound effects and talking as opposed to just music. Despite it being really different, this is easily one of my favorite Chaplin movies.

The comedy and drama are blended together really well, and the satire is so smart and well made. This film was made 80 years ago but the speech at the end is still the best speech in film history.

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