History Film / TheGreatDictator

10th Dec '16 6:53:18 PM Chytus
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* ArmiesAreEvil: The Tomanian Army.

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* %%* ArmiesAreEvil: The Tomanian Army.Army. (What makes the army evil?)



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

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



* BoisterousBruiser: Napaloni

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* %%* BoisterousBruiser: Napaloni



* TheCaligula: Hynkel.

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* %%* TheCaligula: Hynkel.



* ChestOfMedals: Type 3. Field Marshal Herring is shown with tons of medals - almost enough to match his ego.
* ClockTower: There's a scene where Hynkel shows off an ornate clocktower to Napoloni and Napoloni claims that it's inaccurate.

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* ChestOfMedals: Type 3. Field Marshal Herring is shown with tons of medals - almost enough to match his ego.
* ClockTower: There's a scene where Hynkel shows off an ornate clocktower clock tower to Napoloni and Napoloni claims that it's inaccurate.



* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Being with the Jewish resistance group, Commander Schultz can't help but do the "Heil Hynkel" salute on his way out. He apologizes immediately.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Cranked up to eleven for Chaplin. Especially when viewed with hindsight.

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* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Being with the Jewish resistance group, Commander Schultz can't help but do the "Heil Hynkel" salute on his way out. He apologizes immediately.
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%%* DarkerAndEdgier: Cranked up Compared to eleven for Chaplin.Chaplin's other work. Especially when viewed with hindsight. (How is the movie darker?)



* DefectorFromDecadence: Commander Schultz.

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* %%* DefectorFromDecadence: Commander Schultz.



* 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.
* TheEeyore: One of the Jewish men at the ghetto.

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* 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.
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%%* TheEeyore: One of the Jewish men at the ghetto.ghetto. (How is he being an Eeyore.



* TheEmpire: Tomainia.

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* %%* TheEmpire: Tomainia.



* EvilChancellor: Garbitsch.

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* %%* EvilChancellor: Garbitsch.



* EvilutionaryBiologist: Garbitsch again.
* {{Expy}}: Although Chaplin, the film itself, and movie historians were and are adamant that the Jewish Barber is ''not'' the Little Tramp character Chaplin portrayed on screen between 1914 and 1936, anyone with eyes can see the obvious similarities, from the mustache to the shoes.
** And of course, Hynkel is [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], Garbitsch is Goebbels, Herring is Göring/Goering, and Napaloni is [[UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini Mussolini]]
* FictionalCountry: Germania and Bacteria.
* ForeignLanguageTirade: Hynkel's hate speech takes this form, with an English-speaking interpreter [[strike:[[TactfulTranslation translating]]]] [[TooLongDidntDub providing running commentary]].

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* %%* EvilutionaryBiologist: Garbitsch again.
* {{Expy}}: {{Expy}}:
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Although Chaplin, the film itself, and movie historians were and are adamant that the Jewish Barber is ''not'' the Little Tramp character Chaplin portrayed on screen between 1914 and 1936, anyone with eyes can see the obvious similarities, from the mustache to the shoes.
** And of course, Hynkel is [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], Garbitsch is Goebbels, Herring is Göring/Goering, and Napaloni is [[UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini Mussolini]]
* 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.
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FictionalCountry: Germania and Bacteria.
* ForeignLanguageTirade: Hynkel's hate speech takes this form, with an English-speaking interpreter [[strike:[[TactfulTranslation translating]]]] [[TooLongDidntDub providing running commentary]].



* TheGeneralissimo: Hynkel.
* GirlNextDoor: Hannah.
* GlovedFistOfDoom: [[http://colewebbharter.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/great-dictator-4.jpg Parodied (sans glove)]] by Creator/CharlieChaplin as Hynkel.

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* %%* TheGeneralissimo: Hynkel.
* %%* GirlNextDoor: Hannah.
* %%* GlovedFistOfDoom: [[http://colewebbharter.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/great-dictator-4.jpg Parodied (sans glove)]] by Creator/CharlieChaplin as Hynkel.



* 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.

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* 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...
**
angry. It's actually 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.
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* Heel-Face Turn: see DefectorFromDecadence

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* %%* Heel-Face Turn: see DefectorFromDecadence[trope] is not context



* HufflepuffHouse: Bacteria.

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* %%* HufflepuffHouse: Bacteria.



* IdenticalStranger / EvilTwin: Both fictional dictator Hynkel and the unnamed barber, and (to a lesser extent) Hitler & Chaplin.

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* IdenticalStranger / EvilTwin: IdenticalStranger: Both fictional dictator Hynkel and the unnamed barber, and (to a lesser extent) Hitler & Chaplin.barber.



* 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.



* LaughablyEvil: Adenoid Hynkel is portrayed as [[ManChild infantile]] and [[DrunkWithPower crazy from power]]. Some consider this version of reality to be too humorous.

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* LaughablyEvil: Adenoid Hynkel is portrayed as [[ManChild infantile]] and [[DrunkWithPower crazy from power]]. Some consider this version of reality to be too humorous.



* MindScrew: Hynkel and Garbitsch try to psychologically dominate Benzino. It doesn't work.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The sons and daughters of the Double Cross.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Asserted at the beginning on the film.

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* %%* MindScrew: Hynkel and Garbitsch try to psychologically dominate Benzino. It doesn't work.
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work. (How is this a mind screw?)
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ANaziByAnyOtherName: The sons and daughters of the Double Cross.
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Cross. (How are they like Nazis?)
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NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Asserted at the beginning on the film.



* NoSwastikas: The [[MeaningfulName Double Cross]].
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Commander Schultz.

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* %%* NoSwastikas: The [[MeaningfulName Double Cross]].
* %%* OfficerAndAGentleman: Commander Schultz.



* PatrickStewartSpeech: The ending.

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* %%* PatrickStewartSpeech: The ending.



* PrinceAndPauper: The dictator and the barber in this case.

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* %%* PrinceAndPauper: The dictator and the barber in this case.



* RomanAClef: The intro references this.

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* %%* RomanAClef: The intro references this.



* {{Ruritania}}: Tomainia, Osterlich and Bacteria. AKA Germany, Austria, and Italy respectively.

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* %%* {{Ruritania}}: Tomainia, Osterlich and Bacteria. AKA Germany, Austria, and Italy respectively. (How are they like Ruritanias?)



* SpeakingSimlish: The FakeGerman.

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* %%* SpeakingSimlish: The FakeGerman.



* SpockSpeak: Garbitsch.

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* %%* SpockSpeak: Garbitsch.



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

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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 Fuehrer Adenoid Hynkel is less enthusiastic and finally tells him to just stop, please.
* %%* TactfulTranslation: Done with the dictator's speech [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4UhJpviVYg here]].



** FascistItaly is turned into ''Bacteria''.



* ThoseWackyNazis
* TranslationYes: Done with Hynkel's speech.

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* %%* ThoseWackyNazis
* TranslationYes: Done with Hynkel's speech.TranslationYes:



* 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.]]

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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.]]



* WideEyedIdealist: Hannah.

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* %%* WideEyedIdealist: Hannah.



19th Nov '16 11:26:09 AM BambleScramble
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''The Great Dictator'' is a famous Creator/CharlieChaplin film about a [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler European dictator]] who [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything uses the Jewish people as a scapegoat]] for [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany his country's]] problems and tries to ally himself with [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly the republic of Bacteria]], since both wish to [[RippedFromTheHeadlines annex the country in between them]]. At the same time, a UsefulNotes/WorldWarI veteran with a case of EasyAmnesia -- who happens to be [[IdenticalStranger a dead ringer for the dictator]] -- returns to his barbershop in the Jewish ghetto to find out things aren't quite as nice as they used to be...

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''The Great Dictator'' is a famous Creator/CharlieChaplin film about a ''certain'' [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler European dictator]] who [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything uses the Jewish people as a scapegoat]] for [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany his country's]] problems and tries to ally himself with [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly the republic of Bacteria]], since both wish to [[RippedFromTheHeadlines annex the country in between them]]. At the same time, a UsefulNotes/WorldWarI veteran with a case of EasyAmnesia -- who happens to be [[IdenticalStranger a dead ringer for the dictator]] -- returns to his barbershop in the Jewish ghetto to find out things aren't quite as nice as they used to be...
4th Nov '16 9:53:48 AM PrimeEvil
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* PunnyName: Garbitsch and Herring, along with the title "Phooey" instead of "Fuehrer". Also, "Tomania" brings to mind "ptomaine poisoning," another name for food poisoning.

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* PunnyName: Garbitsch and Herring, along with the title "Phooey" instead of "Fuehrer". Also, "Tomania" brings to mind "ptomaine poisoning," another name for food poisoning.
4th Nov '16 9:45:54 AM PrimeEvil
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* PunnyName: Garbitsch and Herring, along with the title "Phooey" instead of "Fuehrer".

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* PunnyName: Garbitsch and Herring, along with the title "Phooey" instead of "Fuehrer". Also, "Tomania" brings to mind "ptomaine poisoning," another name for food poisoning.
17th Oct '16 5:18:03 PM mkmckoy
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* BoisterousBruiser: Napaloni
4th Oct '16 6:33:27 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* RevisedEnding: The film originally ended with the soldiers all breaking into a folk dance. This was abandoned, although footage of it exists.
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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