the great dictator

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“In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in.” The Great Dictator (1940)

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Charlie Chaplin’s speech in “The Great Dictator” is just as poignant now as it was in 1940.

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“I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way…We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
-Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator (1940)

anonymous asked:

What are some good satires?

Yay satire! I love satire so I’ll try not to overwhelm you with a giant list, Anon.

Dr. Strangelove - Kubrick’s black comedy and political/war satire with Peter Seller playing three roles and ad-libbing a bunch of lines. Hilarious commentary on the “balance of terror” thinking during the Cold War.

The Great Dictator - Chaplin’s notorious political satire about Adolf Hitler and facism that was released when the US was still at peace with Germany in 1940. Edgy.

The Gladiators (The Peace Games) - this 1969 film was the original Hunger Games. During a time when war is no longer economically viable, world leaders assemble small teams to fight each other on a small scale. And it’s all sponsored by a pasta company.

Life of Brian - Monty Python’s satire on the life of Christ. Enough said.

The Truman Show - Admittedly, I haven’t seen this one yet, but it has been highly recommended to me. Truman is the unwitting subject of a reality TV show in this satirical comedy about reality, popular media, and spectating.

American Beauty - While more of a drama than a satire, this film pokes fun at the American middle-class and their ideas about beauty, love, sex and happiness.

Get Out - Ah yes, you’ve heard of this one? Technically a horror film but also a fantastic social satire about racism in American society today.  As Peele stated, “The real thing at hand here is slavery.”

The Princess Bride - the best romance fantasy-adventure film that makes fun of every romance and fantasy-adventure film. Inconceivable!

Sunset Boulevard - the classic film noir that comments on show biz and Hollywood. It’s also full of memorable quotes.

That’s just a few of my top choices so I hope you enjoy them!

Jules

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“In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” - not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! 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.”

The Great Dictator, 1940

“The Great Dictator”.
Written and Directed by Charlie Chaplin.
“We want to live by each other’s happiness - not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost….
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men - cries out for universal brotherhood - for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world - millions of despairing men, women, and little children - victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say - do not despair.” HAPPY BIRTHDAY to veritable genius of cinematography Charlie Chaplin!