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The Great Dictator | Charles Chaplin | United States, 1940

Film - Feature


Thursday, March 30, 2017
7:00 pm
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Tickets Required: Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission
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Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Reginald Gardiner, Jack Oakie,

Savor a special dinner at Babette following the screening on March 24. For more information and to make a reservation, email

The physical resemblance between the Little Tramp and another famous man with a small black moustache was not lost on Charlie Chaplin. In his first all-talking picture, he plays a Jewish barber and his double, the dictator Adenoid Hynkel. As Hynkel and his henchmen engineer the persecution of Jews and the invasion of a neighboring nation, the amnesiac barber may be the only person innocent enough to stop them. Spewing Germanic gibberish or dancing a dreamy pas de deux with a globe-balloon, Chaplin exploits the deflating power of parody, but in the finale he abandons both character and comedy to deliver an impassioned plea for tolerance.

- Juliet Clark



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