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The Great Dictator The Great Dictator made in 1940 by Charlie Chaplin was at the time a controversial film because it exposed Nazism and anti-Semitism with both humor and horror In his film Chaplin plays the two main characters Adenoid Hynkel the tyrannical dictator of Tomania and a Jewish barber persecuted by Storm Troopers in the ghetto The movie begins in 1918 at the end of the First World War The Jewish barber is fighting on the franco-german front and in the thick of the battle inadvertently rescues a pilot and both fly away to safety Unfortunately due to their catastrophic landing the barber looses his memory of the war Then he is released from the hospital in the late thirties and goes back to work in his barbershop in the ghetto However he doesnt know that the soldiers of the Double Cross instead of a swastika who persecute and terrorize people are now controlling his town At one point he stands up to them and is almost hanged Fortunately by a twist of fate the pilot whom the barber saved in the war becomes one of Hynkels top men and out of gratitude orders the Storm Troopers to leave the ghetto alone Due to his courageous act the barber wins the admiration of a pretty neighbor girl Hannah Meanwhile Hynkel demands the wealthy Jews to fund his invasion on Osterlich and when the Jews refuse he launches an attack on the ghetto The barber is then thrown into a concentration camp Tomanias dictator also holds a meeting with the Dictator of Bacteria Benzino Napaloni to discuss the territorial situation in Osterlich Napaloni holds troops at the border and agrees to remove them only if Hynkel signs the treaty which he does When the attack on Osterlich is ready to begin the barber escapes and is mistaken for Hynkel leading up to the final and powerful speech Many of the characters in the
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