Passed | | Comedy, Drama, War
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.
The bubble dance was a popular burlesque dance form, dating back to the early 1920s and most likely even earlier. By the 1930s, Sally Rand's bubble dance routine was quite famous. Many members of the movie audience would have recognized Charles Chaplin's globe dance, laughing all the louder.
Note, any resemblance between Hynkle the Dictator and the Jewish Barber is purely co-incidental.
Title Cards: This is a story of a period between two World Wars - an interim in which Insanity cut loose. Liberty took a nose dive, and Humanity was kicked around ...
(at around 17 mins) After Hynkel's "Tighten our belts" remark, Herring tightens his belt, which breaks when he sits down. However whenever we see Herring for the rest of the scene, his belt is intact.
The film is obviously a satire on Adolf Hitler, represented by Adenoid Hynkel, and its story is based on Hynkel looking exactly like "a Jewish barber": both are played by Charles Chaplin. But it begins with a notice: "Any resemblance between Hynkel the dictator and the Jewish barber is purely co-incidental".
Chaplin altered the credits of this film in order to remove all references to United Artists. The alteration features a new copyright notice that does not match the aspect of the original titles.
€9,826 (Italy) (22 December 2002)
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