The Great Dictator

  • Wed Feb 22
The Great Dictator
Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie

Charlie Chaplin’s first talking picture is a farce in which he abandons the Tramp character that made him famous in favor of Hynkel, a caricature of Adolf Hitler. Chaplin uses his natural resemblance to Hitler as an opportunity to deflate the tyranny of Nazi Germany with deft comic absurdism. Bosley Crowther of the New York Times proclaimed The Great Dictator to be “a truly superb accomplishment by a truly great artist... perhaps the most significant film ever produced.” Nominated for five Oscars.

Cosponsored with the Jewish Studies Program.


35mm bw
2 hours 3 minutes
release year/country
1940 USA