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Festival Charlie Chaplin

The Great Dictator

Friday

24.05.2024

19:30 — Bâtiment des Forces Motrices

Festival

Concert film

Partenaire de prestige

programme

Timothy Brock
conductor

Charlie Chaplin
composer

Charlie Chaplin
The Great Dictator


the music

The movie

A barber wounded during the First World War returns home after 20 years within hospital walls. His shop has grown full of cobwebs and dust, but it is the hateful graffiti on his shop window that takes him totally by surprise. Hynkel, the tyrannical dictator, and his henchmen persecute the barber, as well as the rest of the Jewish community, including the beautiful Hannah… A visionary satire that marked history, just as history itself left its mark on the film.

The music

In July 1940, Charlie Chaplin finished shooting The Great Dictator, but there was still plenty of work to be done. Directly after shooting, Chaplin continued editing the picture and as his son Charles Chaplin, Jr. recalled, “things did relax for Paulette [Goddard] and the rest of the cast … but not for Dad. Still the human dynamo, he turned his attention to composing.” As for his previous two films, City Lights (1931) and Modern Times (1936), Chaplin controlled the music for The Great Dictator by composing his own.


The Great Dictator was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Original Score in 1941.

The Great Dictator © Roy Export S.A.S.
Music from The Great Dictator © Roy Export Co. Ltd. & Bourne Co. All rights reserved.



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