My love for Chaplin came from a blanket we owned when I was younger. It had Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, The Marx Brothers, and other old comedians on it. That blanket made me check out books from the library. I fell in love with The Tramp before I had even watched him on film. And when I finally did, my love was totally justified. I am thankful for #Criterion’s beautiful restorations of these Chaplin classics. I have Monseiur Verdoux as well, but these ones here show Chaplin at his cinematic best. #goldrush #citylights #moderntimes #greatdictator #CharlieChaplin (at The Fortress of Solitude)
You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power, let us all unite!
Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security.
By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfill their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people.
Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.
Soldiers! In the name of democracy: let us all unite!