Charlie Chaplin’s first true talking film stirred the nation, and can be considered a significant cultural reference point that served as inspiration to everything from Mel Brooks’ THE PRODUCERS to Ivan Reitman’s DAVE and even Quentin Tarantino’s INGLORIOUS BASTERDS. If for nothing else, re-watch this seminal comedy for the climactic speech at the film’s conclusion, a moment when a legendary silent film star steps out of character and truly finds his voice, and a chillingly apt (but sadly ignored) call to action at a pivotal time in history—1940.
POST NOTE: In case you were keeping track, Hitler scored a grand total of 4 films on my list, either as depicted figure or source of inspiration/point of departure, and is the dictator to beat! (The Asians and South Americans clock in with 2 each, Africa and The Middle East a paltry 1 each.)
Author: Dan HechingPhoto Credit: IMDB