“I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another.”
I have seen so many films that I barely see them as something that can move me. A funny thing happened when I watched Charlie Chaplin’s first talking film The Great Dictator; I was moved, I felt its meaning and its power. When the film was over all I could say was “wow that was truly amazing.” The film is funny, dramatic, serious, and silly.
Charlie Chaplin plays the roles of a dictator named Hynkle of a fake country called Tomainia and a Jewish Barber who served in WWI and has lost his memory after a plane crash. Each character represents the evil and insanity and the goodness and innocence of the world.
With Hynkle he is such a crazy character that you cannot hate him you kind of just have to pity him. The sad thing is that real people like Hynkle were crazy like him. There are many great scenes in this film that show just how eccentric Hynkle is. The first time we see the dictator he is giving a speech to the Tomanian people. His speech is “translated” to English from a pre-written paper. One of the best aspects of this character is when he speaks “German”, the “German” is some made up gibberish with some real German words thrown in here and there.
Another fabulous Hynkle scene is when he jumps all over his office with a balloon globe. It feels like you know what he is thinking, he’s thinking how the world will be his and it will be perfect and free of undesirables. But in the end his balloon globe pops in a great foreshadow.