18/05/2012

When Chaplin becomes serious

At the end of First World War, an Army soldier has an accident in which he loses his memory and remains in a hospital for 20 years. When, still amnesic, escapes from the hospital, he returns to his town and reopens his old barber. But times have changed: dictator Hynkel rules the country and there is a brutal discrimination to Jews.

The soldier-barber has a striking resemblance to the dictator, which will raise a confusion after which he will deliver a speech about the beginning of the world’s conquest that will go down in the annals of cinema’s history and idealism.

‘The Great Dictator’ is a film from 1940, written, directed and starred by Charles Chaplin.