History YMMV / TheGreatDictator

28th Feb '18 10:47:49 PM ShrekTheNeck
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* Nightmare Fuel: While Hynkel himself is funny, the laws that he passes to persecute the Jewish people are not. No matter how ridiculous Hynkel is; the fact that he can have his soldiers harass and assault any Jew without reproach is legitimately chilling.

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* Nightmare Fuel: NightmareFuel: While Hynkel himself is funny, the laws that he passes to persecute the Jewish people are not. No matter how ridiculous Hynkel is; the fact that he can have his soldiers harass and assault any Jew without reproach is legitimately chilling.
4th Feb '18 8:10:02 PM mrcellophane
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* Nightmare Fuel: While Hynkel himself is funny, the laws that he passes to persecute the Jewish people are not. No matter how ridiculous Hynkel is; the fact that he can have his soldiers harass and assault any Jew without reproach is legitimately chilling.
20th Jan '18 3:39:33 PM costanton11
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* HeartwarmingInHindsight: With the allegations of 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.

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* HeartwarmingInHindsight: With the allegations of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany's influence on Hollywood during its [[UsefulNotes/GoldenAgeOfHollywood [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood 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.
11th Jan '18 3:47:15 AM Eilevgmyhren
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** It was FairForItsDay, considering that this could be directed at the fascist ''elite''. Both Italian and German fascism was prone to use feelings as a propagandistic tool to persuade the masses. Thus, the "thinking" part may be interpreted as a TakeThat to the cynical abuse of people´s hearts - and the commoners were not allowed to think that much anyway.

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** It was FairForItsDay, considering that this could be directed at the fascist ''elite''. Both Italian and German fascism was prone to use feelings as a propagandistic tool to persuade the masses. Thus, the "thinking" part may be interpreted as a TakeThat to the cynical abuse of people´s hearts - and the commoners were not allowed to think that much anyway. This may also tie in to the fact that fascist regimes were prone to be rather technocratic, proudly presenting new machinery and architecture. Italy at the time had a boost in new and megalomaniacal building projects. The "heart vs mind" analogy goes on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism label. The fact that Chaplin states that "we" think too much and feel too little, may also be considered a warning that all nations have the danger of fascism in them.
11th Jan '18 2:57:56 AM Eilevgmyhren
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** It was FairForItsDay, considering that this could be directed at the fascist ''elite''. Both Italian and German fascism was prone to use feelings as a propagandistic tool to persuade the masses. Thus, the "thinking" part may be interpreted as a TakeThat to the cynical abuse of people´s hearts - and the commoners were not allowed to think that much anyway.
3rd Sep '17 1:14:48 AM ClintEastwood
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* {{Anvilicious}}: The film concludes with a 4 1/2 minute speech delivered directly to the camera. While Chaplin's political views were complicated, the clear takeaway is "Down with Hitler."
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: After the Barber and Hannah escape to the roof while running away from the soldiers, there is a short scene of Hynkel playing the piano, after which it goes back to the Barber and Hannah on the roof. The piano shot serves no purpose (except maybe for Charlie to show off) and is just kind of there.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Nearly every scene after the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI WWI]] sequence, especially the concentration camp sequence and the scenes of Hynkel killing his men. Chaplin himself said that if he had known the extent of the Nazis' "homicidal insanity," then he could not have made the film.



* SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct: Anybody who thought that Chaplin was only capable of sight gags and slapstick corrected themselves after watching this movie. Then again, it wasn't acting so much as [[AuthorTract Charles Chaplin speaking his mind]].

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* SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct: HeReallyCanAct: Anybody who thought that Chaplin was only capable of sight gags and slapstick corrected themselves after watching this movie. Then again, it wasn't acting so much as [[AuthorTract Charles Chaplin speaking his mind]].



* 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.

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* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The anti-nazi 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 Nazi regime. Effective, easy-to-understand and revealing satire of nazism Nazism and fascism was badly needed.
23rd Jul '17 2:39:50 AM CaptEquinox
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* ValuesDissonance: Chaplin's speech really doesn't fit with a modern understanding of fascism. He describes the Nazis as "machine me with machine minds" who "think too much and feel too little." It's now widely accepted that fascism is a highly emotional and irrational movement, generally brought about by paranoia and xenophobia.

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* ValuesDissonance: Chaplin's speech really doesn't fit with a modern understanding of fascism. He describes the Nazis as "machine me men with machine minds" who "think too much and feel too little." It's now widely accepted that fascism is a highly emotional and irrational movement, generally brought about by paranoia and xenophobia.
7th Jun '17 6:14:13 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* ValuesDissonance: Chaplain's speech really doesn't fit with a modern understanding of fascism. He describes the Nazis as "machine me with machine minds" who "think too much and feel too little." It's now widely accepted that fascism is a highly emotional and irrational movement, generally brought about by paranoia and xenophobia.

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* ValuesDissonance: Chaplain's Chaplin's speech really doesn't fit with a modern understanding of fascism. He describes the Nazis as "machine me with machine minds" who "think too much and feel too little." It's now widely accepted that fascism is a highly emotional and irrational movement, generally brought about by paranoia and xenophobia.xenophobia.
** Or it can be [[ValuesResonance just as easily interpreted]] as talking about "machines" behind dictatorship in general: war and propaganda, as they turn humans into nothing more than nameless cogs.
17th May '17 5:44:03 AM backpack
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* ValuesDissonance: Chaplain's speech really doesn't fit with a modern understanding of fascism. He describes the Nazis as "machine me with machine minds" who "think too much and feel too little." It's now widely accepted that fascism is a highly emotional and irrational movement, generally brought about by paranoia and xenophobia.
6th May '17 2:40:27 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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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.

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* GeniusBonus: The signs in the Jewish Quarter are written in Esperanto. In ''Mein Kampf'', ''Literature/MeinKampf'', Hitler wrote that he thought it was created as a tool to unify the Jewish diaspora.



* HeReallyCanAct: Anybody who thought that Chaplin was only capable of sight gags and slapstick corrected themselves after watching this movie. Then again, it wasn't acting so much as [[AuthorTract Charles Chaplin speaking his mind]].
* 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.

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* HeReallyCanAct: SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct: Anybody who thought that Chaplin was only capable of sight gags and slapstick corrected themselves after watching this movie. Then again, it wasn't acting so much as [[AuthorTract Charles Chaplin speaking his mind]].
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: With the allegations of 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.
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