The  Great Dictator

The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator is a 1940 American political satire comedy-drama film written, directed, produced, scored by, and starring British comedian Charlie Chaplin, following the tradition of many of his other films. Having been the only Hollywood filmmaker to continue to make silent films well into the period of sound films, this was Chaplin's first true sound film.


On the Western Front in 1918, a Jewish Private (Charlie Chaplin) fighting for the Central Powers nation of Tomainia<ref>The spelling of the country's name is derived from the numerous local newspapers flashed onscreen between 14 and 15 minutes into the film that indicate the end of World War I, such as The Tomainian past', thus establishing the proper spelling.</ref> valiantly saves the life of a wounded pilot, Commander Schultz (Reginald Gardiner), who carries valuable documents that could secure a Tomainian victory. However, their plane crashes mid-flight, and the Private subsequently suffers memory loss. Upon being rescued, Schultz is informed that Tomainia has officially surrendered to the Allied Forces, while the Private is carried off to a hospital.


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    award National Film Registry New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
    contentLocation Europe
    director Charlie Chaplin
    editor Harold Rice
    events World War II
    genre comedy drama political satire western
    keywords 100 years... 100 laughs 19th century 20th century academy award academy award for best original screenplay academy awards academy of motion picture arts and sciences adolf hitler adorno afi\'s 100 years...100 laughs al hirschfeld albert speer allied forces allies of world war i american culture american film institute appeasement arrest art film assistant director ballet dancing ban barber barber shop benito mussolini berlin best actor best music (original score) best supporting actor best writing (original screenplay) beverly hills blu-ray british film institute british government budd schulberg category:western front films central powers change of heart charles chaplin charlie chaplin studios concentration camp condemn criterion collection dark comedy death camp dual role duck hunt duck hunting dvd end end of world ernst lubitsch esperanto fascism film critic film director film production food fight françois truffaut fritz lang german cinema german culture german film ghetto gibberish goddard haunt hermann göring hitler\'s reign of terror horrify hungarian dances internment its founder ivor montagu jeffrey vance jewish family jewish ghettos in europe joker joseph goebbels kevin brownlow knock out konrad bercovici l. l. zamenhof legal settlement leni riefenstahl library of congress little tramp local newspaper lohengrin luddism luddite luis buñuel machine age making of margaret herrick library maurice moscovich mein kampf mel brooks memory loss michael wood militarist mistaken identity modern art modern times museum of modern art music film national film theatre nazi germany nazi party nazi propaganda new world new york times nominated for five old age only way orson welles outstanding production plagiarism plane crash political comedy political satire prince of wales theatre public speech ray bradbury reign of terror remade in 1983 rené clair rescue richard wagner roger ebert rotten tomatoes settle sidney lumet silent era silent film silent picture stanley tiny sandford storm trooper suicide attack sunnyside sydney sydney chaplin talking picture the 50 greatest jewish movies the criterion collection the music man the new york times the testament of dr. mabuse the three stooges third reich three stooges to be or not to be tramp trap triumph of the will united kingdom united states wagner want waterfowl hunting west western front without dialog wound you nazty spy!
    musicBy Charlie Chaplin Meredith Willson
    nomination Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Original Score Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay
    producer Charlie Chaplin
    productionCompany Charlie Chaplin
    publisher United Artists
    recordedAt California Los Angeles Malibu
    theme comedy-drama films à clef musical comedy parody propaganda silent war