Criterion Collection: Great Dictator (Region A Blu-ray)

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In his notorious masterpiece THE GREAT DICTATOR, Charlie Chaplin (CITY LIGHTS, MODERN TIMES) offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a sly tweaking of his own comic persona. Chaplin (in his first pure talkie) brings his sublime physicality to two roles: The cruel yet clownish Tomanian dictator and the kindly Jewish barber who is mistaken for him. Featuring Jack Oakie (THIEVES HIGHWAY, LOVER COME BACK) and Paulette Goddard (MODERN TIMES, THE WOMEN) 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 plea for tolerance.

Product Details

Barcode
715515080613
Department
Movies & TV
Released
24 May 2011
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Comedy
Sub-genre
Comedy
Region
Region A
Studio
Criterion
Runtime
125 min
Age Restriction
G
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Great Dictator
Release Year
1940
Running Time
125 min
Color
B&W
Categories
Comedies / Classic / Essential Cinema / Recommended / Slapstick / Switching Roles / Vintage
Language
English
Synopsis
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.
Notes
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.
Release Notes
Blu-ray Disc Features:
  • 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
  • Full Frame - 1.33
Audio:
  • PCM Mono - English
Poster
Poster for Great Dictator
Cast & Crew
Director
Charlie Chaplin
Star
Charlie Chaplin / Chester Conklin / Henry Daniell / Carter DeHaven / Emma Dunn / Reginald Gardiner / Billy Gilbert / Paulette Goddard / Bernard Gorcey / Grace Hayle / Hank Mann / Maurice Moscovich / Jack Oakie / Paul Weigel
Composer
Meredith Willson
Producer
Charlie Chaplin
Editor
Willard Nico
Art Director
J. Russell Spencer
Cinematographer
Karl Struss / Rollie Totheroh
Movie Critics
Sight and Sound Critic
"[W]ith several immaculately realised sequences of pure visual comedy of which the globe-dance is merely the most iconic."
Michael Brooke (1 Jun 2010, )