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The Great Dictator

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In The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a clever rendition of his own comic persona. Chaplin brings his sublime physicality to two roles: the cruel yet clownish "Tomainian" dictator and the kindly Jewish barber who is mistaken for him. Featuring Jack Oakie and Paulette Goddard, the film boldly critiqued the fascist leader before the U.S.'s official entry into World War II and is marked as an audacious amalgam of politics and slapstick that culminates in Chaplin's famously impassioned speech. $8.

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