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Review: The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator – This movie is brillaint, moving and amazing. Charlie Chaplin plays two key characters – Hynkel (who is quite clearly a take-off on Hitler) and a Jewish barber. It’s mind-blowing to imagine the daring it took to make a movie making fun of Hitler at such a difficult time, when the war was not yet over and the enormity of Hitler’s actions not yet fully realized.

And yet the movie has sequences that are among the funniest I have ever seen, particularly one in which Hynkel/Hitler does a dance with a large balloon representing the globe, bouncing and tossing it and playing with it but then crying when it ultimately pops.

I give it a 9.5.
ed: JH

About Scott Butki

Scott Butki was a newspaper reporter for more than 10 years before making a career change into education... then into special education. He has been doing special education work for about five years He lives in Austin. He reads at least 50 books a year and has about 15 author interviews each year and, yes, unlike tv hosts he actually reads each one. He is an in-house media critic, a recovering Tetris addict and a proud uncle. He has written articles on practically all topics from zoos to apples and almost everything in between.

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