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  • Physical Description: 1 streaming video file, approximately 125 minutes) : sound
  • Distributor: Vaughan, ON : Criterion-on-Demand, [1940]

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Restrictions on Access Note:
Access restricted to subscribers.
Date/Time and Place of an Event Note:
Originally produced by Criterion Collection/Janus Films in 1940.
Summary, etc.:
In his controversial masterpiece The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a sly tweaking of his own comic persona. Chaplin, in his first pure talkie, 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 in stellar supporting turns, The Great Dictator, boldly going after the fascist leader before the U.S.'s official entry into World War II, is an audacious amalgam of politics and slapstick that culminates in Chaplin's famously impassioned speech.
System Details Note:
Content available as downloadable file or streaming video.
Source of Description Note:
Title from distributor's web site (viewed Nov. 15th, 2018)
Subject: Hitler, Adolf 1889-1945 > Drama.
Mussolini, Benito 1883-1945 > Drama.
Dictators > Drama.
Genre: Streaming videos.

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