Genre Grandeur – The Great Dictator (1940) – MovieRob

B&WFor this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Black & White Movies, here’s a review of The Great Dictator (1940) by me.

Thanks again to Steven of Past Present Future TV and Film. for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Sherise of The Girl That Loved to Review.  We will be reviewing our favorite movies from the 1970’s. Please get me your submissions by the 25th of September by sending them to  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Sherise!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


graet dictator“The Phooey has just referred to the Jewish people.” – International Press Reporter

Number of Times Seen – 5-10 times (Cable in the 90’s, DVD and 27 Aug 2015)

Brief Synopsis – The story of a cruel dictator and a Jewish Barber who happen to look alike.

My Take on it – I have always beena  fan of Chaplin’s movies and this is my all time favorite.

He was able to mix both slapstick and humor together with a movie with a real social message.

It’s truly amazing how he was able to create a movie parodying something in a time when not many people were fully aware of what was happening in Europe.

What’s even more amazing is the fact that he got much of it right by sheer guessing (apparently)

He was able to so accurately imitate Hitler and amuse us all by showing the absurdity of the way he walked, spoke and acted.

Most people prefer Chaplin’s silent movies, but I personally think that his crowning achievement was his first “talky” which was also the final time that his “Tramp” appeared on screen.

Bottom Line – Chaplin at his best. This is my favorite of all of his movies.  It’s amazing how astute he was to what was going on without really knowing it.  He does a perfect imitation of Hitler and we laugh at the absurdity of it all. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to documentaries on the making of the film, Charles Chaplin began to feel more uncomfortable lampooning Adolf Hitler the more he heard of Hitler’s actions in Europe. Ultimately, the invasion of France inspired Chaplin to change the ending of his film to include his famous speech. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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  2. Hitler was a huge fan of Chaplin. You should read the incredible efforts the SS went to to make sure Adolph never knew of this film’s existence.


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