History Film / TheGreatDictator

23rd Sep '16 2:57:16 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AuthorTract[=/=]BalconySpeech: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbn-GjL6WLA "Look up, Hannah".]]

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* AuthorFilibuster / AuthorTract[=/=]BalconySpeech: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbn-GjL6WLA "Look up, Hannah".]]



* ClockTower: There's a scene where Hynkel shows off an ornate clocktower to Napoloni and Napoloni claims that it's inaccurate.



* ContrivedCoincidence: Let's see...there's a random barber who happens to look exactly the same as Adenoid Hynkel, the fascist dictator of Tomania. He happens to be Jewish. And he happens to wake from a coma in which he's been trapped for twenty years, just around the same time that Hynkel is planning on invading Osterlich. Moreover, it turns out that this barber's old war buddy is now a high-ranking member (turned DefectorFromDecadence) of the fascist party. Oh...and Hynkel just happens to get lost on a duck-hunting trip at exactly the right moment for the barber to take his place.
* CreditsGag: The opening credits end with a footnote saying: "Any similarities between Chancellor Hynkel and the Jewish Barber are purely co-incidental."



* {{Dedication}}: The film was dedicated to "The Jews of the world."



* EasyEvangelism: The ending speech probably wasn't made to be realistic so much as to get the speech across, and it was a pretty brilliant speech, if mostly or entirely rhetorical. Slavoj Zizek points out to the fact that the public is cheering in the same way they would have cheered [[strike:Hitler]] Hynkel. The point is that the audience isn't listening; they're just hearing their leader. Indeed, Chaplin is speaking to the film audience, not the audience IN the film.



* FictionalCountry: Germania and Bacteria.



* GratuitousGerman: Hynkel speaks German gibberish when speaking to the public or when he is angry.
** Not that it sounds anything like German to natives. But the "German always sounds like someone being angry" stereotype is recognizable.
*** Not like German perhaps, but like the cleanest Hitler speech...
** It's a variety act called "speaking Double Dutch" that Chaplin had learned to do when he performed in music halls and vaudeville, before he got into movies.
*** The TactfulTranslation alone is worth the price of admission.



%% Heel-Face Turn: see DefectorFromDecadence

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%% * Heel-Face Turn: see DefectorFromDecadence


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* IstanbulNotConstantinople: The film has Osterlich, the pacifist country next to Tomainia. It's an obvious parallel to Austria down to the name with a different spelling: Österreich is the German/Austrian name for Austria.


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* PatrickStewartSpeech: The ending.


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* PunyParachute: One of the wacky inventions demonstrated by Grand Marshall Herring is a hat parachute. It doesn't work.


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* RapidFireTyping: Parodied, albeit on a typewriter. In one scene, the eponymous character dictates a letter to his secretary. He first lets off a long stream of mock-German, which the secretary records in a few keystrokes; he then follows it with a short syllable, which takes an absurdly long time to type.


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* RomanAClef: The intro references this.


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* RousseauWasRight: The Anti-Nazism speech, in which Chaplin tells the audience, "You have the love of Humanity in your hearts! You don't hate! Only the unloved hate! The unloved and the unnatural."


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* SpeakingSimlish: The FakeGerman.


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* StupidJetpackHitler: Made fun of. Herring is very enthusiastic about various inventions that all fail hilariously in ways that kills their inventors. Fuhrer Adenoid Hynkel is less enthusiastic and finally tells him to just stop, please.


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* UnnecessarilyLargeInterior: Hynkel's office is gigantic. He uses this to his advantage by forcing Napaloni to cross this massive space as psychological intimidation. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Napaloni comes in the room from a door right behind Hynkel's desk.]]
11th Aug '16 5:29:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* DiseasedName: Tomainia (Ptomainia - a deadly food-poisoning) and Bacteria, expies of Nazi Germany and FascistItaly. Hynkel's given name Adenoid also verges in this direction.

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* DiseasedName: Tomainia (Ptomainia - a deadly food-poisoning) and Bacteria, expies of Nazi Germany UsefulNotes/NaziGermany and FascistItaly.UsefulNotes/FascistItaly. Hynkel's given name Adenoid also verges in this direction.
6th Jun '16 1:39:22 AM CaptEquinox
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* BeautifulAllAlong: Hannah after her makeover, though she [[UnnecessaryMakeover never looked ugly to begin with]].

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* BeautifulAllAlong: Hannah after her makeover, though she [[UnnecessaryMakeover never looked ugly to begin with]]. More like an Unkempt Beauty.
28th Apr '16 2:45:34 AM Morgenthaler
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19th Apr '16 11:43:20 AM tbszgr
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* CasualDangerDialogue: When the Jewish Barber is hanging to an upside-down plane by just the throttle, he never even raises his voice. When the plane starts to dive, Schultz rambles about his beloved and daffodils, and continues ''even after the plane crashes''.

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* CasualDangerDialogue: When the Jewish Barber is hanging to an upside-down plane by just the throttle, control stick, he never even raises his voice. When the plane starts to dive, Schultz rambles about his beloved and daffodils, and continues ''even after the plane crashes''.
22nd Nov '15 5:12:40 AM eroock
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* BeautifulAllAlong: Hannah after her makeover, though she [[HollywoodHomely never looked ugly to begin with]].

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* BeautifulAllAlong: Hannah after her makeover, though she [[HollywoodHomely [[UnnecessaryMakeover never looked ugly to begin with]].
28th Sep '15 9:30:44 AM Juicehead_Baby
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->''"Eh das Strahf mitz Hutenzecht! Der Weinerschnitzel mittalagen vienten, und das SAUERKRAUT!"''

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->''"Eh das Strahf mitz Hutenzecht! Der Weinerschnitzel mittalagen vienten, mitt da lagerbieren, und das SAUERKRAUT!"''
15th Sep '15 6:33:27 PM eroock
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* InstantDeathBullet: The scientists who tries to demonstrate his new invention, a bulletproof uniform, dies immediately when the bullet hits him.

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* InstantDeathBullet: The scientists who tries to demonstrate his new invention, a bulletproof uniform, dies immediately on the spot when the bullet hits him.him in the chest.



* TactfulTranslation: Done with the dictator's speech [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4UhJpviVYg here]].



* TactfulTranslation: Done with the dictator's speech [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4UhJpviVYg here]].
10th Sep '15 1:10:11 PM Mikeyfan93
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Chaplin planned and shot the film in 1939-1940; France was conquered during the filming, which may have influenced the final tone of the film. While Chaplin understood from first-hand accounts how hostile the Third Reich was to Jews, at the time of filming, he was ignorant of [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust Hitler's desire to exterminate them and most of eastern europe in the near future]] (the ''Hungerplan'' was devised alongside planning for ''Operation Barbarossa'' later that year and the Final Solution in early 1942). After UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Chaplin expressed some regret about the film, telling interviewers that he might not have made it if he'd known the whole story. That would be an artistic challenge Roberto Benigni would take up 50 years later with the Oscar winning {{Dramedy}}, ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful''.

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Chaplin planned and shot the film in 1939-1940; France was conquered during the filming, which may have influenced the final tone of the film. While Chaplin understood from first-hand accounts how hostile the Third Reich was to Jews, at the time of filming, he was ignorant of [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust Hitler's desire to exterminate them and most of eastern europe Eastern Europe in the near future]] (the ''Hungerplan'' was devised alongside planning for ''Operation Barbarossa'' later that year and the Final Solution in early 1942). After UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Chaplin expressed some regret about the film, telling interviewers that he might not have made it if he'd known the whole story. That would be an artistic challenge Roberto Benigni would take up 50 years later with the Oscar winning {{Dramedy}}, ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful''.
4th Sep '15 5:53:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* HistoryMarchesOn: 'Concentration camp' was a fairly neutral term at the time, and upon hearing the word nobody at the time would've associated it with being starved to death or actively exterminated. The Japanese and Germans changed that within just five years of the film's creation, making the scene where the barber is sent to a very mild-looking concentration camp rather jarring. Chaplin later said that if he'd understood just how evil the Nazis really were, he wouldn't have made the film. That said, with the knowledge of hindsight, the portion of Hynkel's first speech where he begins talking about "der Jewden" becomes unbelievably chilling, as does an otherwise innocuous scene in which Hynkel orders one of his close advisers to be sent to a concentration camp.
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