Comedian Charlie Chaplin gave one of the greatest speeches to ever to grace the silver screen in his 1940 film, “The Great Dictator.” To help ensure this speech is not forgotten with time, the full speech is posted below. Please share it, and enjoy. The film is free in the public domain.

This was the final speech from the film, given by an unnamed Jewish barber who was mistaken as Adenoid Hynkel, a parody of Adolf Hitler. Both the barber and Hynkel are played by Charlie Chaplin. The film was released at the start of World War II, and at a time when the full toll of the Nazi regime had been realized.

According to Wikipedia, “In his 1964 autobiography, Chaplin stated that he would not have been able to make such jokes about the Nazi regime had the extent of the Nazi horrors been known, particularly the death camps and the Holocaust. While Ernst Lubitsch’s 1942 To Be or Not To Be dealt with similar themes (even including another mistaken-identity Hitler figure), after the scope of Nazi atrocities became apparent it took nearly twenty years before any other films dared to satirize the era.”

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  1. Dr. Bob Pliny

    In your article on Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator, you write that the film is free in the public domain. However other sources say it is not and the link on your link got me to an error page.

    Because the film was released in 1940, rather than 1932 or before. I think it’s pretty unlikely that people are free to use it yet.

    I’d love to be wrong about this.


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