"You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful--to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power, let us unite. Let us fight for a new world...a recent world that will give men a chance to work--that will give youth a future and old age a security."
- the Barber (Charlie Chaplin)
Sight and Sound Critic - 06/01/2010
"[W]ith several immaculately realised sequences of pure visual comedy of which the globe-dance is merely the most iconic."
Charlie Chaplin has a dual role in this film, his first with dialogue. He plays a sweet-natured Jewish barber and a murderous Hitler-type dictator with such satirical impact that it counterbalanced the oratory of Adolf Hitler. Particularly delectable comic scenes are Hynkel's balletic "pas de deux" with a globe, and a cream cake fight between Hynkel and Napoloni, the dictator of Bacteria.