Charlie Chaplin looked a little like Adolf Hitler. Exploiting that resemblance, Chaplin devised a satire in which the dictator and a Jewish barber from the ghetto are being mistaken for each other.
Film journalist Joost Broeren will provide for the introduction to this film.
In 1938, the world's most famous movie star began to prepare a film about the monster of the 20th century. Charlie Chaplin looked a little like Adolf Hitler, in part because Hitler had chosen the same toothbrush moustache as the Little Tramp. Exploiting that resemblance, Chaplin devised a satire in which the dictator and a Jewish barber from the ghetto would be mistaken for each other. The result, released in 1940, was "The Great Dictator," Chaplin's first talking picture and the highest-grossing of his career, although it would cause him great difficulties and indirectly lead to his long exile from the United States.
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