Film - Feature
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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