Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed, produced and starred in The Great Dictator, which was released in 1940.
The film is an explicit satire of Hitler at a time when America was still at peace with Germany and nothing was coming out of Hollywood that attacked Nazism and the Third Reich. The film is a must-see, as it is one of the all-time classic movies working on several levels....and it is so much better for you than watching reality TV like X-Factor or Big Brother! T
he final segment of the movie where Chaplin speaks for the first time ever on camera is mesmerising. This clip has been viewed millions of times on Youtube here.
But here below you can see the same speech with images that help explain the vocabulary used.
Hopefully, this will go viral, as it is such an inspiring speech and is just as relevant now as when it was first released. If you have trouble understanding, there are some words explained afterwards in the Vocabulary glossary.
But first try to use the pictures to help you understand what is being said.
Please watch this all the way to the end. It is truly one of the greatest speeches you will ever hear.
Difficult Vocabulary Glossary
- somebody not Jewish
- extreme sadness
- selfishly wanting power or money
- to give sb or sth a substance that causes death
- to close something in to a place with an obstruction, so as to restrict movement
- marching style of an army (commonly associated with the Nazis)
- a large quantity of sth
- only thinking about your own interests
- having no hope
- angry and hurt because of a bad experience
- a ruler of a country that has total power & usually got that power through force or violence
- to die suddenly and possibly violentlly
- a savage person or animal
- to hate very strongly
- to make sb your slave
- to organise in a strict way
- to train soldiers by lots of repetition
- cannon fodder
- soldiers that are used in war to be sent to their death
- kind, honest, respectable, nice, good
- not accepting other people's beliefs or behaviour that are different from your own
- sth that is right, practical or possible