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The Great Dictator

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Original title
The Great Dictator
Running time
128 min.
United States United States
Charles Chaplin
Charles Chaplin, Meredith Willson
Roland Totheroh, Karl Struss (B&W)
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United Artists
Comedy | Satire. Nazism. II World War. Propaganda
Synopsis / Plot
In the 1930s, Tomania falls under the control of dictator Adenoid Hynkel, who dreams of world domination. In the Jewish district of the capital lives a barber who looks so much like Hynkel that he could be his twin. During the First World War, the barber had saved the life of a military pilot named Schultz, who has now become a commanding officer. Schultz pays the barber back by protecting the area in which he lives from anti-Semites. But when Schultz is arrested for being too friendly with Jews, both men are taken to a concentration camp. Later, the two men escape and the barber is mistaken for Hynkel. He takes the opportunity to make a radio speech in the dictator’s place.
1940: Academy Awrards, includinb best Movie, Actor (Chaplin) and Screenplay
1940: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor (Chaplin)
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