History YMMV / TheGreatDictator

20th Jun '16 8:17:52 PM JackG
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* HistoryMarchesOn: Even during production -- at first the British government wanted to ban the movie from showing in the UK, as per the policy of appeasement. By the time it was made, Britain was at war and the movie was embraced for its propaganda value.
1st Dec '15 8:45:34 AM allium
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* GeniusBonus: The signs in the Jewish Quarter are written in Esperanto. In ''Mein Kampf'', Hitler wrote that he thought it was created as a tool to unify the Jewish diaspora.
21st Jan '15 1:42:13 AM alchixinren
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* ActingForTwo: Yep.
1st Nov '14 8:06:16 AM kchishol
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* HeartwarmingInHindsight: With the allegations UsefulNotes/NaziGermany's influence on Hollywood during its [[UsefulNotes/GoldenAgeOfHollywood golden age]] coming to light, Chaplin's determination to produce an anti-Nazi satire feature film in defiance of it comes off as downright heroic.
14th Jul '14 3:56:14 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* MisaimedFandom: AdolfHitler watched it at least twice. It is believed he enjoyed it.

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* MisaimedFandom: AdolfHitler UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler watched it at least twice. It is believed he enjoyed it.



* RealitySubtext: The film was prompted when someone pointed out the visual similarities between Chaplin's "Tramp" character and AdolfHitler.

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* RealitySubtext: The film was prompted when someone pointed out the visual similarities between Chaplin's "Tramp" character and AdolfHitler.UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.
23rd Apr '14 1:18:37 AM Sensemaker
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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The anti-nazi message isn't exactly subtle but this was the US of 1940 and a large minority in the US had some sympathy for or were impressed by the nazi regime. Effective, easy-to-understand and revealing satire of nazism and fascism was badly needed.
7th Apr '14 9:47:44 AM alchixinren
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** Hynkel makes a stirring speech about Tomania's expansion, including France, Finland and Russia. France had already been invaded by Nazi Germany, Russia would be in the next year, and Finland would remain Germany's co-belligerent during the latter.
7th Apr '14 9:41:07 AM alchixinren
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--> '''Schultz''':

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--> '''Schultz''':** Chaplin says he would've given anything to know what Hitler thought.
7th Apr '14 9:40:48 AM alchixinren
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--> '''Schultz''':
* RealitySubtext: The film was prompted when someone pointed out the visual similarities between Chaplin's "Tramp" character and AdolfHitler.
4th Apr '14 1:40:39 PM alchixinren
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* StockPhrase: "Schtonk!" alone stands for the whole film (up to the point that the German film parody of the fake Hitler diary affair is called this way).

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* StockPhrase: "Schtonk!" alone stands for the whole film (up to the point that the German film parody of the fake Hitler diary affair is called this way).way).
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In his autobiography Chaplin, who'd resisted for ten years going over to talkies, revealed that his original concept of the film was to mix silent sequences featuring the Tramp with talking sequences featuring The Great Dictator.
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