Sparky feels impelled to reshare this movie speech from Charlie Chaplin – one of the most stirring ‘calls to action’ that relates directly to our current condition.
Brilliant, timeless and moving.
Greatest Speech Ever Made Charlie Chaplin….The Great Dictator
In 1940, a movie was released starring Charlie Chaplin (who also wrote and directed) about a poor Jewish barber who is mistaken for a dictator of a similar appearance and takes his place. In his rejection of the position, he ends up giving one of the most inspirational speeches ever recorded. – Plo24k – www.secondsun.webs.com
Published on YouTube Mar 3, 2013 – The Great Dictator link to the full movie is below the speech – see credits and publish dates with movie, thanks to Chaplin TV
The Great Dictator
Storyline – 20 years after the end of WWI, in which the nation of Tomainia was on the losing side, Adenoid Hynkel has risen to power as the ruthless dictator of the country. He believes in a pure Aryan state and the decimation of the Jews. This situation is unknown to a simple Jewish Tomainian barber who has been hospitalized since a WWI battle. Upon his release, the barber, who had been suffering from memory loss about the war, is shown the new persecuted life of the Jews by many living in the Jewish ghetto, including a washerwoman named Hannah with whom he begins a relationship. The barber is ultimately spared such persecution by Commander Schultz, whom he saved in that WWI battle. The lives of all Jews in Tomainia are eventually spared with a policy shift by Hynkel himself, who is doing so for ulterior motives. But those motives include a desire for world domination, starting with the invasion of neighbouring Osterlich, which may be threatened by Benzino Napaloni, a neighbouring dictator.