“The Great Dictator” was released in 1940 before the USA entered the war.
Charlie Chaplin had been working on it for years. He later said that if he’d known about the concentration camps he wouldn’t have done it. In the climax, he has to pretend to be the great dictator because he has “accidentally” taken his place.
In the current environment, I think this is worth another look.
And remember that Chaplin was remembered as a “silent” movie star.
Also, there was no guarantee that Hiter wouldn’t take over the whole world in1940, so this was very courageous.
He begins: “I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone – if possible – Jew, Gentile – black man – white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness – not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.”
You can hear the rest of the speech by clicking in the link below.
As for our brave, silent star:
Tony Abbott: “You’re Not saying anything Tony” Unedited Version
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