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Great Dictator

Format: DVD     Release Date: 04/11/2000
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"This is the story of the period between two world wars--an interim during which insanity cut loose, liberty took a nose dive, and humanity was kicked around somewhat." With this pithy opening title, Charles Chaplin begins his first all-talking feature film, The Great Dictator. During World War I, a Jewish barber (Chaplin) in the army of Tomania saves the life of high-ranking officer Schultz (Reginald Gardiner). While Schultz survives the conflict unscathed, the barber is stricken with amnesia and bundled off to a hospital. Twenty years pass: Tomania has been taken over by dictator Adenoid Hynkel (Chaplin again) and his stooges Garbitsch (Henry Daniell) and Herring (Billy Gilbert). Hynkel despises all Jews and regularly wreaks havoc on the Tomanian Jewish ghetto, where feisty Hannah (Paulette Goddard) lives. Meanwhile, the little barber escapes from the hospital and instinctively heads back to his cobweb-laden ghetto barber shop. Unaware of Hynkel's policy towards Jews (in fact, he's unaware of Hynkel), the barber gets into a slapstick confrontation with a gang of Aryan storm troopers. He is rescued by his old friend Schultz, now one of Hynkel's most loyal officers. Thanks to Schultz's protection, the ghetto receives a brief respite from Hynkel's persecution. The barber sets up shop again, developing a warm platonic relationship with the lovely Hannah. But things take a sorry turn when Hynkel, angered that a Jewish banker has refused to finance his impending war with Austerlitz, begins bearing down again on the Ghetto. Near the end of the film, when the dictator is expected to make another one of his hate-filled, war-mongering speeches, the barber steps up to the microphones...and Charles Chaplin drops character and becomes "himself," delivering an impassioned plea for peace, tolerance, and humanity. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Side #1 --

0. Chapter Index
1. Main Title [1:43]
2. The World War-1918 [12:33]
3. Time Marches On [9:25]
4. Life In The Ghetto [13:40]
5. Life In The Palace [5:52]
6. Good News In The Ghetto [6:00]
7. Dictator Of The World [6:41]
8. Barber Of The Ghetto [3:46]
9. Bad News For The Ghetto [10:19]
10. The Plot [12:36]
11. A Way Out Of The Ghetto [2:42]
12. Meeting Napaloni [13:51]
13. Honor Among Thieves [10:15]
14. The Mistake [1:34]
15. War [4:22]
16. The Conqueror [2:49]
17. The Speech [6:49]
0. Supplements
1. The Original Adenoid Hynkel - Adolf Hitler [4:29]
2. The Unused Barber Scene Shot in 1918 That Inspired the Barber Scene in The Great [7:40]
3. "Sequence X" - Early Undated Story Notes [8:14]
4. Early Story Continuity [4:59]
5. "Sequence X" - Dated Story Notes [3:53]
6. Production Schedules and Reports [5:14]
7. Editing Previews and Previeres [:57]
8. The Business of The Great Dictator [1:18]
9. Program for the Premiere [:02]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: April 11, 2000
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Region: 1
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • Length: 125 minutes
  • Sound: Monaural, Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel (5.1)
  • Format: Black & White
  • Discs: 1
  • UPC: 014381918328
  • Product ID: 1014040
  • Genre: Comedy

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