Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: G
- Run Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: May 24, 2011
- Originally Released: 1940
- Label: Criterion
- Note: New high-defintion digital restoration with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- 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
- Rerelease trailer
- Plus: 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 flm's final speech, and Al Hirschfeld's original press book illustrations
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Jack Oakie &
Rollie Totheroh &
Art Direction by
J. Russell Spencer
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"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.
Essential Cinema |
Switching Roles |
- THE GREAT DICTATOR was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997.
- Copyright 1940 Charles Chaplin Film Corporation. Renewed 1968 The Roy Export Company Establishment.