Unlocked: Charlie Chaplin and the Road to Freedom


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"More than machinery, we need humanity."

In 1940, Charlie Chaplin put aside the Tramp character to write, direct, and star in "The Great Dictator." Rather than his usual slapstick comedy, "The Great Dictator" was a thoughtful political comedy, that not only satirized but also denounced fascism.

Side note: For making movies that criticized factory life, the Gold Rush, and the Nazis, Chaplin was accused of being a communist sympathizer and exiled from both the US and the UK.

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