"The Great Dictator (1940)" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

Charlie Chaplin was able to create such a hero, which is already almost a century living their lives. And the hero purely cinematic
his life (in folklore, anecdotes, in popular culture) lives, for example, Stirlitz -. But there is also a literary foundation and social mythology. Same with Vassily Ivanovich: great when jokes about him tell those who have not read Furmanov, do not know the story about the history of the Civil War and did not see the legendary film. But we must not lose sight of the fact that apart from cod cameras here was the creaking of the writer's pen and gnashing gears stories. While Chaplinskiy Tramp - has not the only book or a biography of the famous historical prototype, and even voice
Silence Chaplin character in itself can serve as an interesting object of analysis.. This is an obvious drawback - no coincidence the talkies conquered. And some dignity - in the sense that the Tramp is cosmopolitan and obscheponyaten, unlike those already mentioned Shtirlitsa and Chapaev, who like mythological characters exist only within a particular cultural area. Silenced Tramp takes a curious inconsistency with the "conversations" of its creator:. For "conversations," Chaplin even expelled from the United States, as everyone knows
We, however, will not go into a detailed analysis, and mention only three points
first, the screen Charlie Chaplin (or even charlichaplin) - no laughing. He urges the audience to laugh, but he himself, in spite of the eccentric and the whole clown - no laughing. Or, at least, is present in popular culture not hohochaschim: what you want - in a special mincing, sad smile, smelling a flower, kicking a man in form - but not hohochaschim
Secondly, Tramps counterpart, its shadow even. trickster - Adolf Hitler can be adequately represented to be anything but not dumb. As a result, it is so it exists in all of the same popular culture: when the girl, the fifth element of the same name the film delves into the history of mankind, she sees Hitler screen that shouts from the podium (she sees him without a sound, but he still yells) .
third, the appearance of the said trickster, had to Tramps quite significant consequences: Rogue spoke
appeared first feature, the first sound, the most expensive film of Charlie Chaplin - "The Great dictator»
Usually, retelling the plot.. this films, concentrated attention Mr. and that the dictator and Barber reversed. When watching a movie for a long time it is necessary, even for very long wait for this plot twist. We believe it is important to pay attention to the indulgent reader to the fact that replacement of the figure - not only unique, but not even the key to the "Great Dictator". No less important are a few more figures:
- Accidental Hero: in this case we are not talking about the hero of the movie, but a full-fledged military heroism - nedotopisty soldier (played, of course, Chaplin) makes the feat - this figure is extremely important in the context of both world wars, in which on all fronts usually operated weight and generally in the context of the century masses, mass consumption, mass culture;
- a man without a memory: amnesia would become obscenely popular soap operas, but in "The Great dictator" more looks quite decent - the main th character drops out of the socio-political context and, in theory, should be inadequate, but because it is insane socio-political situation, it turns naoborot- this move at the time was quite fresh and good for psychology (Karen Horney, Erich Fromm);
- people from the ghetto during the entire promotional straightness film, Chaplin was able to fully reveal the functional ambivalence ghetto - it exists not only for the isolation and oppression of minorities, but also to protect it (the episode where all the residents are hiding in the ghetto etc. . Thief protagonist)
These pieces fit together quite harmoniously - despite the fact that the action is interrupted from time to time in order to Chaplin showed another comic scene. It should be noted that these "false" scene - mostly dumb, or not far removed from the dumb. Taking into account the overall context, namely the fact that the film appeared much like Chaplin's protest ( "dumb" genius) forgiving his double - Hitler (verbose villain), system communication "silent" scenes and scenes with dialogues must seem particularly significant. And the most important is probably that oratory Hinkle and measured conversations ghetto residents opposed to a peaceful and quiet life in Osterlihe - for the most part, though the music, but without dialogue. And Osterley is shown with pomp and panache reminiscent of most Stalinist kolkhoz musicals. Here, suddenly brightly presented that just Hinkel more or less fits the standards of political culture of Western democracy, while it is opposed to something that we can easily opoznaom totalitarianism.

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