Our Curtis Parvin shares his thoughts about a great film.

A Film History Magazine

Dr. Patch Adams once made a very simple yet profound observation: “Humor is an antidote to all ills.” Writer, director and actor Charles Chaplin knew this as early as the inception of silent cinema. His clumsy character, the Tramp, became endearing to many because it expressed the plight of the downtrodden. His 1936 film, Modern Times went even further to show how machinery was replacing factory workers, even encroaching on the very souls of men. By the end of the decade, Chaplin’s art would be aimed at the world’s biggest threat: fascist leader, Adolf Hitler.

When dealing with something as tragic as war, laughter can be an even more powerful weapon than anything produced on a factory assembly line. The Great Dictator (1940), which premiered on 15 October, would be a rally cry against the oppressive boots of fascism, since fascist heels were about to slip on the metaphorical banana…

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