Chaplin and Hitler

I watched a documentary on Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” last night. This as an extraordinary case of art attempting to challenge politics. In this case the politics was embodied in “the greatest actor the world has ever seen”. These were Chaplin’swords about Adolf Hitler. So there are huge paradoxes here. Shakespeare was indeed on the ball when he wrote: “All the World’s a Stage and we are merely players.” But Chaplin was able through art to undermine the cynical, destructive artistry of this greatest world actor. Through tragic comedy, Chaplin mimicked some of the worst excesses of Hitler and Mussolini turning their heroics into their opposite. It is known that Hitler himself actually watched and enjoyed himself being mercilessly sent up by Chaplin… but this, tragically, did not stop him in his tracks. But the film “The Great Dictator” is a fabulous illustration of the role that art/ literature/ drama has to play in the contemporary world which is so full of deception and dishonest rhetoric.
Try to see it if you get a chance.
MG

  26 comments for “Chaplin and Hitler

  1. Anonymous
    January 25, 2006 at 7:42 am

    Aldous Huxley on assumptions

    Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.

  2. Anonymous
    January 25, 2006 at 7:42 am

    Aldous Huxley on assumptions

    Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.

  3. Anonymous
    January 25, 2006 at 7:42 am

    Aldous Huxley on assumptions

    Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.

  4. Anonymous
    January 25, 2006 at 7:42 am

    Aldous Huxley on assumptions

    Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.

  5. Anonymous
    January 25, 2006 at 7:42 am

    Aldous Huxley on assumptions

    Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.

  6. Anonymous
    January 25, 2006 at 7:42 am

    Aldous Huxley on assumptions

    Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.

  7. January 25, 2006 at 9:07 am

    Hello MG 🙂

    That looks like a really interesting thing to check out, ive actually been interested in learning about wwII this holidays so i might check it oiut, thanks for the info on it!!

    Krys

  8. January 25, 2006 at 9:07 am

    Hello MG 🙂

    That looks like a really interesting thing to check out, ive actually been interested in learning about wwII this holidays so i might check it oiut, thanks for the info on it!!

    Krys

  9. January 25, 2006 at 9:07 am

    Hello MG 🙂

    That looks like a really interesting thing to check out, ive actually been interested in learning about wwII this holidays so i might check it oiut, thanks for the info on it!!

    Krys

  10. January 25, 2006 at 9:07 am

    Hello MG 🙂

    That looks like a really interesting thing to check out, ive actually been interested in learning about wwII this holidays so i might check it oiut, thanks for the info on it!!

    Krys

  11. January 25, 2006 at 9:07 am

    Hello MG 🙂

    That looks like a really interesting thing to check out, ive actually been interested in learning about wwII this holidays so i might check it oiut, thanks for the info on it!!

    Krys

  12. January 25, 2006 at 9:07 am

    Hello MG 🙂

    That looks like a really interesting thing to check out, ive actually been interested in learning about wwII this holidays so i might check it oiut, thanks for the info on it!!

    Krys

  13. January 25, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    I watched it too… very informative. Though I wonder who is critiquing today’s Hitler(s)? And will comedy cut it?

    • January 30, 2006 at 12:00 pm

      No I don’t think comedy will cut it… but if you read Leunig’s parodies of contemporary world politics I think they do make a subtle difference… they bring in the leaven of a critical intelligence… so lacking in most human affairs…..

      • January 30, 2006 at 12:00 pm

        No I don’t think comedy will cut it… but if you read Leunig’s parodies of contemporary world politics I think they do make a subtle difference… they bring in the leaven of a critical intelligence… so lacking in most human affairs…..

  14. January 25, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    I watched it too… very informative. Though I wonder who is critiquing today’s Hitler(s)? And will comedy cut it?

    • January 30, 2006 at 12:00 pm

      No I don’t think comedy will cut it… but if you read Leunig’s parodies of contemporary world politics I think they do make a subtle difference… they bring in the leaven of a critical intelligence… so lacking in most human affairs…..

  15. January 25, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    I watched it too… very informative. Though I wonder who is critiquing today’s Hitler(s)? And will comedy cut it?

    • January 30, 2006 at 12:00 pm

      No I don’t think comedy will cut it… but if you read Leunig’s parodies of contemporary world politics I think they do make a subtle difference… they bring in the leaven of a critical intelligence… so lacking in most human affairs…..

  16. January 25, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    I watched it too… very informative. Though I wonder who is critiquing today’s Hitler(s)? And will comedy cut it?

    • January 30, 2006 at 12:00 pm

      No I don’t think comedy will cut it… but if you read Leunig’s parodies of contemporary world politics I think they do make a subtle difference… they bring in the leaven of a critical intelligence… so lacking in most human affairs…..

  17. January 25, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    I watched it too… very informative. Though I wonder who is critiquing today’s Hitler(s)? And will comedy cut it?

  18. January 25, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    I watched it too… very informative. Though I wonder who is critiquing today’s Hitler(s)? And will comedy cut it?

    • January 30, 2006 at 12:00 pm

      No I don’t think comedy will cut it… but if you read Leunig’s parodies of contemporary world politics I think they do make a subtle difference… they bring in the leaven of a critical intelligence… so lacking in most human affairs…..

  19. January 30, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    No I don’t think comedy will cut it… but if you read Leunig’s parodies of contemporary world politics I think they do make a subtle difference… they bring in the leaven of a critical intelligence… so lacking in most human affairs…..

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