The Great Dictator ‧ 1940 ‧ Charles Chaplin ‧ 2h 5min ‧ Free admission
In his controversial masterpiece The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin 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 "Tomainian" dictator and the kindly Jewish barber who is mistaken for him. Featuring Jack Oakie and Paulette Goddard in stellar supporting roles, 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 speech.
This film screening is free and open to the public and part of #FreeAfterThree Wednesdays (each Wednesday, general admission is free from 3-9pm). Advance RSVP recommended. Voluntary donations appreciated.
If sold out, no-show seats will be made available to wait line 5 mins after event start time (6:30 p.m.) based on a first-come, first-served availability.
About Why Can't We Live Together? Film Series
This summer series features films chosen in an effort to make sense of our common humanity. The diverse range of films explore our present moment of conflict, addressing narratives of difference and resentment as well as hope and beauty.
Image: The Criterion Collection