A King of New York
A satire on everything from communism to consumerism
A Jewish barber returns home after twenty years to find his dilapidated hair salon covered in hateful graffiti: the work of a tyrannical regime led by xenophobic dictator Hynkel.
The Great Dictator is a visionary satire that has left its mark on history. Chaplin himself plays two roles in the film: that of a Jewish barber and that of the dictator. This is the first film in which Chaplin speaks. Although Chaplin had been working on the film in the late 1930s, it was not until 1940 that it finally appeared. Initially, the film was not well received in the US and the government of the time even spoke of an attack on "a head of state of a friendly country".
English spoken, Dutch subtitles
Charlie Chaplin has an oeuvre like no other: magical, poetic, hilarious, moving and irresistible. This year marks the 100th anniversary of his groundbreaking film The Kid. Reason enough to bring all his films back to the big screen, in beautifully restored versions.