Demagogue: a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument. Cornell Cinema offers a few examples of cinematic demagoguery for reasons that doubtfully require explanation! Featuring Charlie Chaplin’s caricature of Adolph Hitler in The Great Dictator, Groucho Marx as the anarchic president of Freedonia in Duck Soup, Kubrick’s classic Cold War satire Dr. Strangelove, and a rarely-screened revival of Gabriel Over the White House—featuring Walter Huston as a divinely-inspired authoritarian super-president!

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