Great Dictator, The: The Criterion Collection

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Great Dictator, The: The Criterion Collection

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Great Dictator, The: The Criterion Collection

In his controversal masterpiece The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a sly tweaking of his own comic persona. Chaplin, in his fure pure talkie, brings his sublime physicality to two roles: the cruel yet clownish "Tomainian" dictator and the kindly Jewish barber who is mistaken for him. Featuring Jack Oakie and Paulette Goddard in stellar supporting turns, The Great Dictator, boldly going after the fascist leader before the U.S.'s official entry into World War II, is an audacious amalgam of politics and slapstick that culminates in Chaplin's famously impassioned speech.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Feb 18 2011
  • Production Year 1940
  • Empire SKU 1567314
  • UPC Code 715515080712
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL


Disc 1:
Audio Commentary by Charlie Chaplin Historians Dan Kamin and Hooman Mehran
Rereleased Trailer

Disc 2:
The Tramp and the Dictator (2001), Kevin Brownlow and Michael Kloft's documentary paralleling the lives of Chaplin and Hitler, Including Interviews With Author Ray Bradbury, Director Sidney Lumet, Screenwriter Budd Schulberg, and Others
Two New Visual Essays, One by Chaplin Archivist Cecilia Cenciarelli and One by Chaplin Biographer Jeffrey Vance
Color Production Footage Shot by Chaplin's Half-Brother Sydney
Barbershop Sequence From Sydney Chaplin's 1921 Film King, Queen, Joker
Deleted Barbershop Sequence from Chaplin's 1919 Film Sunnyside
A Booklet Featuring an Essay by Film Critic Michael Wood, Chaplin's 1940 New York Times Defense of His Movie, a Reprint from Critic Jean Narboni On the Film's Final Speech, and Al Hirschfeld's Original Press Book Illustrations


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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