Paulette Goddard

Charlie Chaplin as The Great Dictator, angrily giving a speech

The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator, starring Charlie ChaplinPaulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner, Henry Daniell, Billy Gilbert

 The Great Dictator is possibly the most well-known of Charlie Chaplin’s films.  It was a timely satire on Nazism and fascism in general, and Adolph Hitler in particular. In it, Charlie Chaplin plays a double role:  Adenoid Hynkel, autocratic dictator of Tomania who blames the Jewish people for all of society’s ills.  And a Jewish Barber who happens to be the spitting image of Hynkel. (more…)

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Modern Times, (1936), starring Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard

Modern Times

Summary of Modern Times,  (1936), starring Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard

Buy from Modern Times begins with Charlie Chaplin as Charlie the Little Tramp gainfully employed at a factory.  Although the strict regimentation is driving him to the brink …  And then over the brink, when the factory owner has him as the “guinea pig” for a “time-saving” feeding machine.  This leads to Charlie spending time in a mental hospital.   Cured after his breakdown, he is arrested and jailed.  After he innocently picks up a red flag that has fallen off the back of a truck and runs down the street to return it.  Just when a communist demonstration comes around the corner. He meets Paulette Goddard as “The Gamin” (a street urchin) in the back of the police van.  She has been arrested for stealing bread. From then on the theme is about the two trying to get along in … modern times (more…)

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