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The Tramp and the Dictator (2002)

A look at the parallel lives of Charles Chaplin and Adolf Hitler and how they crossed with the creation of The Great Dictator (1940).

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Kevin Brownlow (narration), Christopher Bird (narration)
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Kenneth Branagh ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
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Sydney Chaplin ... Himself
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Explores the making of Charles Chaplin's first "talkie" The Great Dictator (1940) and draws many things that between Chaplin and Hitler had in common. The film contains colour home movie footage of the film's production which where shot by Charles' brother Sydney. These never before seen films were discovered by his daughter Victoria while looking though an old suitcase she found in the basement. The raw footage gives us an alternate insight to Chaplin's classic film which started production years before Adolf Hitler was seen as a major threat in the western world. Written by Luke Winterton <frednerk666@hotmail.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Tramp und der Diktator See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This documentary is featured on the 2-Disc Charlie Chaplin Collection DVD for The Great Dictator (1940), released in 2003. See more »

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Features Modern Times (1936) See more »

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A great way to explore the first half of the 20th century
20 March 2015 | by nitzpitzSee all my reviews

As a history teacher I love this documentary. It gives my students the opportunity to step into the the world of the early 20th century and understand a bit of the fast array of events that took place. Not only the First and Second World War, but also the Great Depression,the rise of totalitarian regimes and new methods of propaganda are explained through the life and work of Charlie Chaplin. A lot of young people have never seen a silent movie, but after seeing this film they often are interested to actually watch The Great Dictator and not only understand what it is about, but also how fascinating the story of its making was.


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