The Tramp and the Dictator | 2001

Documentary, Historical
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 ...more

Cast

... Himself

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... Himself

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... Himself--Charlie Chaplin's Son

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... Himself

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... Himself--Critic

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... Himself

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... Himself

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... Herself

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... Himself--Historian

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... Himself

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... Himself

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... Himself

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Company

BBC In House Productions

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Photoplay Productions

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Synopsis

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?

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