About The Film
The silver screen’s biggest star savagely mocks the 20th century’s most notorious monster in this bold, satirical tour-de-force. A highly personal takedown of Hitler even before America’s entry into WWII, Charlie Chaplin makes no bones about his contempt for the fascist leader. In his first true talkie, he plays dual roles: a brutal, loony tyrant and a doppelgänger genial Jewish barber, each mistaken for the other. An audacious amalgam of slapstick, politics, tragedy and romance culminates in one of cinema’s most indelible moments: the comic actor’s deadly-serious, character-breaking speech pleading for tolerance. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Chaplin’s highest-grossing box office hit ranks among the all-time greatest comedies.