Charlie Chaplin sees the present in 1940… and turns Adolph Hitler into a deeply satirized figure before the full force of World War II even happens in this astonishing comedy, forever memorable for the image of Chaplin’s Hitler clone, here named Adenoid Hynkel, literally playing with a world globe, which he bounces off his butt and head. Chaplin plays the part of both Hynkel, dictator of Tomania, and of a humble Jewish barber in this one-of-a-kind classic, with echoes that reverberate still… An Oscar nominee in its day for both Chaplin and Best Picture, it’s now simply seen as among the greatest films ever made, simultaneously funny and chilling. Unrated. 125 min. 1940.
Screened as part of our 2018-2019 Presence of the Past film series, a new series of screenings held monthly through April 2019 at Railroad Square Cinema. Presented by the Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Maine Film Center.
FREE ADMISSION for anyone with a Colby College I.D. All others: regular admission prices apply.