Tuesday, August 25
Showtime: 7:30 PM
$10.00 ($5.00 Concert Members & children under 12)
“The Great Dictator” (1940) is Charlie Chaplin’s first talkie and satirical political comedy, which he directed, scored, produced and stars in. The film offers a stirring, controversial condemnation of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini’s fascism, anti-Semitism, and the Nazis.
Chaplin brings his sublime physicality to two roles: the cruel yet clownish “Tomainian” dictator and the kindly Jewish barber who is mistaken for him. Featuring Jack Oakie and Paulette Goddard in stellar supporting roles, “The Great Dictator,” boldly goes after the fascist leaders before the U.S.’s official entry into World War II, and is an audacious mix of politics and slapstick that culminates in Chaplin’s famously impassioned speech.
Total running time: 125 minutes