History Film / TheGreatDictator

2nd Feb '18 10:49:32 PM mrcellophane
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* KnightOfCerebus: Most of the villainous characters are too goofy to be scary; but this does not apply to Garbitsch, the Minister of Propaganda. Aside from his name, there is very little that is in any way funny about this character. He almost always acts much more seriously than the other characters, and he constantly encourages Hynkel to persecute the Jews and to act like a treacherous and hateful egomaniac. While the other 'children of the double-cross' can be viewed as parodies; Garbitsch goes above and beyond to earn his name.
11th Jan '18 3:21:25 AM MarkLungo
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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: 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.
%%* FictionalCountry: Tomainia and Bacteria are [[{{Expy}} expies]] for NaziGermany and UsefulNotes/FascistItaly.

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The film has Osterlich, the pacifist country next to Tomainia. It's an obvious parallel to Austria UsefulNotes/{{Austria}} down to the name with a different spelling: Österreich is the German/Austrian name for Austria.
%%* FictionalCountry: Tomainia and Bacteria are [[{{Expy}} expies]] for NaziGermany UsefulNotes/NaziGermany and UsefulNotes/FascistItaly.
11th Jan '18 2:54:42 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* {{Facepalm}}: Mr Jaeckel watches from his balcony when the troops arrive to lynch the barber. As they go to action, he facepalms in the background.
24th Nov '17 10:26:03 AM nombretomado
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%%* FictionalCountry: Tomainia and Bacteria are [[{{Expy}} expies]] for NaziGermany and FascistItaly.

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%%* FictionalCountry: Tomainia and Bacteria are [[{{Expy}} expies]] for NaziGermany and FascistItaly.UsefulNotes/FascistItaly.
12th Nov '17 12:43:23 PM MarkLungo
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* AsTheGoodBookSays: The barber quotes Literature/TheBible (specifically Luke 17:20-21) in his RousingSpeech: "In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written " the kingdom of God is within man " - not one man, nor a group of men - but in all men - in you, the people!"

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* AsTheGoodBookSays: The barber quotes Literature/TheBible (specifically Luke 17:20-21) in his RousingSpeech: "In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written " the 'the kingdom of God is within man " man' - not one man, nor a group of men - but in all men - in you, the people!"
12th Nov '17 11:01:45 AM Angeldeb82
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* AsTheGoodBookSays: The barber quotes Literature/TheBible (specifically Luke 17:20 - 17:21) in his RousingSpeech: "In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written " the kingdom of God is within man " - not one man, nor a group of men - but in all men - in you, the people!"

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* AsTheGoodBookSays: The barber quotes Literature/TheBible (specifically Luke 17:20 - 17:21) 17:20-21) in his RousingSpeech: "In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written " the kingdom of God is within man " - not one man, nor a group of men - but in all men - in you, the people!"
19th Aug '17 3:41:21 AM mascagranzas
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The film is also a landmark for Chaplin himself - it was his first all-sound film, released over a decade after the rest of Hollywood transitioned to sound. (In the meantime Chaplin had stubbornly made ''Film/CityLights'' and ''Film/ModernTimes'' as silent films.) And although the barber is explicitly ''not'' the Tramp character, he nonetheless has the Tramp's physical appearance - baggy clothes, big shoes, cane, and that moustache - and thus this film marks the final time Chaplin would invoke some version of this character on screen.

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The film is also a landmark for Chaplin himself - it was his first all-sound film, released over a decade after the rest of Hollywood transitioned to sound. (In the meantime Chaplin had stubbornly made ''Film/CityLights'' and ''Film/ModernTimes'' as silent films.) And although the barber is explicitly ''not'' the Tramp character, he nonetheless has the Tramp's physical appearance - baggy clothes, big shoes, cane, bowler hat and that moustache - and thus this film marks the final time Chaplin would invoke some version of this character on screen.
23rd Jul '17 2:03:23 AM CaptEquinox
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* CommissarCap: Chaplin lampoons Adolph Hitler and wears a wonderful Commissar Cap with a XX logo in place of the swastika.

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* CommissarCap: Chaplin lampoons Adolph Hitler and wears a wonderful Commissar Cap with a XX (the "Double-Cross") logo in place of the swastika.
23rd Jul '17 2:00:27 AM CaptEquinox
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* CasualDangerDialogue: When the Jewish Barber is hanging to an upside-down plane by just the 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''.

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* CasualDangerDialogue: When the Jewish Barber is hanging to an upside-down plane by just the control stick, he never even raises his voice. When the plane starts to dive, Schultz (who's been shot and is delirious with blood loss) rambles about his beloved and daffodils, and continues ''even after the plane crashes''.



--> '''Jewish Barber''': Absolutely not.

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--> '''Jewish Barber''': Absolutely not.Impossible.
30th Jun '17 8:00:04 PM jamespolk
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''The Great Dictator'' was (of course) banned in UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, although prints of the film still found their way into occupied Europe. According to an eyewitness, UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler obtained a copy of the film and watched it twice; when Chaplin found this out, he said that he would give anything to know what he thought of it. Britain had announced that they were going to ban the film while the film was in production (so that it wouldn't interfere with the country's appeasement policy with Nazi Germany), but when the film was released, Britain had entered the war against the Nazis, and the film couldn't be brought in fast enough; it ended up providing some badly needed laughs at a time where laughs were in short supply for Britain (and most of Europe).

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''The Great Dictator'' was (of course) banned in UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, although prints of the film still found their way into occupied Europe. According [[note]]According to an eyewitness, UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler obtained a copy of the film and watched it twice; when Chaplin found this out, he said that he would give anything to know what he thought of it. it.[[/note]] Britain had announced that they were going to ban the film while the film was in production (so that it wouldn't interfere with the country's appeasement policy with Nazi Germany), but when the film was released, Britain had entered the war against the Nazis, and the film couldn't be brought in fast enough; it ended up providing some badly needed laughs at a time where laughs were in short supply for Britain (and most of Europe).
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