The Tramp and the Dictator (2001)

The Tramp and the Dictator
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 0hr 58mins.
Genres Documentary, Historical
Keywords film criticism
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Christopher Bird Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
James Miller Cinematographer cinematography 402 6000001
Kevin Brownlow Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Thorsten Pollfuss Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Patrick Stanbury Producer n/a 3 3000001
Andre Dekker Cinematographer cinematography 402 6000002
Christopher Bird Editor n/a 172 7000001
Peter Cavanagh Sound n/a 120816 14000003
Sydney Chaplin Archival Footage n/a 120984 26000001
John Brady Sound n/a 120816 14000002
Donna Bertaccini Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Timothy Brock Music n/a 120781 8000001
Michael Kloft Director n/a 2 2000002
Kevin Brownlow Director n/a 2 2000001
Stanley Kauffmann Actor Himself--Critic 1 1000005
Sidney Lumet Actor Himself 1 1000006
Al Hirschfeld Actor Himself 1 1000004
Sydney Chaplin Actor Himself--Charlie Chaplin's Son 1 1000003
Ray Bradbury Actor Himself 1 1000002
Ivor Montagu Actor Himself 1 1000007
Nikola Radosevic Actor Herself 1 1000008
Bernhard Vorhaus Actor Himself 1 1000012
Kenneth Branagh Narrator n/a 120790 1000013
Gitta Sereny Actor Himself 1 1000011
Budd Schulberg Actor Himself 1 1000010
Arthur Schlesinger Jr. Actor Himself--Historian 1 1000009
Walter Bernstein Actor Himself 1 1000001
Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler had more in common than a small moustache; both men were born in April 1889 and they both endured a tough childhood. Both men became artists. Just few years before Chaplin shot to fame as "The Tramp", Hitler had actually been down and out in Vienna- until he found refuge at a home for men supported by a Jewish charitable organization. The Nazis mistakenly believed Chaplin to be Jewish. In the 1934 anti-Semitic propaganda leaflet, Chaplin is described as a "disgusting Jewish acrobat". Chaplin knew about the pamphlet; his good friend Ivor Montagu believes it prompted Chaplin to make "The Great Dictator" (USA/1940). The film was to be Chaplin's first sound film; it proved to be something of a struggle to make, because Chaplin found himself up against a certain amount of resistance within the Jewish community. However, "The Great Dictator" ended up making twice as much as Chaplin's other films. But- did Hitler ever see it?