The Greatest Speech Ever Made? Maybe.

The Great Dictator is a comedy film by Charlie Chaplin released in October 1940. Like most Chaplin films, he wrote, produced, and directed, in addition to starring as the lead. Having been the only Hollywood film maker to continue to make silent films well into the period of sound films, this was Chaplin’s first true talking picture as well as his most commercially successful film. More importantly, it was the first major feature film to bitterly satirize Nazism and Adolf Hitler.

At the time of its first release, the United States was still formally at peace with Nazi Germany. Chaplin’s film advanced a stirring, controversial condemnation of Hitler, fascism, antisemitism, and the Nazis, whom he excoriates in the film as “machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts”. Wikipedia

Here’s Chaplin’s final speech, as edited by The Lakey Sisters. The music is Window by The Album Leaf.

The original version:

Thanks to I Am Not Amused


~ by The 1955 Hudson on January 31, 2012.

2 Responses to “The Greatest Speech Ever Made? Maybe.”

  1. […] Hudson has more to say on this. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. This entry was posted in Inspirational, Peace, Video and tagged Charlie Chaplin by Ian Rastall. Bookmark the permalink. […]

  2. Reblogged (for maximum enjoyment). Duck. There might be a pingback headed your way.

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