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Zelensky Invokes ‘The Great Dictator’ in Cannes Speech: ‘The World Needs a New Chaplin’

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky made a special appearance during Cannes’ opening night.Zelensky gave an impassioned speech about the responsibility of filmmaking in the midst of war via a live video call from Kyiv. Zelensky, who was a satirical actor and the voice of “Paddington” before being elected president, cited Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” among […]

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Jojo Rabbit review – down the rabbit hole with Hitler

Taika Waititi follows a distinguished tradition with this ‘strange art comedy’ about a boy growing up in Nazi Germany, but fails to cut to the dark heart of the matterSince the days of Chaplin’s The Great Dictator, film-makers have adopted naive or comedic perspectives to pierce and deflate the hideous bubble of Nazi ideology – […]

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Jojo Rabbit’

Long ago, turning Nazi Germany into a joke was verboten. Or, at least, it seems like it was; it’s actually hard to imagine a time when that was the case. Charlie Chaplin made Hitler into a figure of ridicule in “The Great Dictator,” released in 1940. I grew up watching “Hogan’s Heroes,” which portrayed life […]

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