The Great Dictator is a 1940 American political satire comedy-drama written, directed, produced, scored by, and starring British comedian Charlie Chaplin. Having built his career on silent movies, this was Chaplin’s first true talkie film.
The Great Dictator gives a rousing condemnation of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, fascism, antisemitism, and the Nazis with Chaplin playing both leading roles: a ruthless fascist dictator and a persecuted Jewish barber.
The Great Dictator was so popular with audiences that it become Chaplin’s most commercially successful film. It is without doubt a historically significant film and an important work of satire winning a mantlepiece full of awards. Chaplin later said that he wouldn’t have made the film if he had known about the true extent of the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps at the time.
The speech featured in this video clip is often described as the greatest political speech of all time.