The Great Dictator was Charlie Chaplin’s first non-silent film and he undeniably had something to say.  Similar to his past movies: Chaplin wrote, produced, composed, directed and starred in this film – thank you IMDB & Wikipedia.  Interestingly enough, this film premiered in October 1940, over a year before Pearl Harbor and the United States’ declaration of war.  Talk about making a bold statement.  Although this is primarily a critique of Hitler’s dictatorship; I find it equally relevant in a culture heavily driven by technology, with a tendency to lack genuine human interaction.

“We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.  Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind.  We think too much and feel too little.  More than machinery, we need humanity.  More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.  Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.”

I reference this clip as ‘humanity fuel’ to pick me up when I’m bumming or let down.  Enjoy!

Thanks for watching,

Tyler Elick