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Movie Review: No 73. The Great Dictator

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Movie Review: No 73. The Great Dictator

Charlie Chaplin could talk! Who knew?

Yes, this 1940 masterpiece shows Chaplin in all his verbal glory. In fact, the film’s closing speech left me… well… speechless myself. I’d love to quote the whole thing to you but I’m afraid you’re just going to have to watch the entire film to the very end to see what I am talking about. After all, that’s where the true joy of this film lies and I’d hate to steal it from you before you’ve even seen it! Let’s just put it this way – he gives Churchill, Martin X and all the other great historical orators a run for their gut-stirring money.

So… while we’re waiting for you to get around to watching it yourself, I’ll mention a couple of other things…

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Movie Review: No 42. City Lights

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Movie Review: No 42. City Lights

There are three Charlie Chaplin films in the imdb Top 100. It seems very unfair (and more than a little boring for me), but I can see how it happened.

It happened that way because voters like me find it almost impossible to rank the films based on any modern standard. It would be unfair, of course, to compare these silent films to something dripping with special effects. In many ways, I respect the early filmmakers more for their creativity in the face of many limitations (as opposed to now, where the possibilities are almost limitless). So, we rank these films high out of respect for their historical significance rather than out of genuine enjoyment, and so they continue to thrive.

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Movie Review: No 56. Double Indemnity

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Movie Review: No 56. Double Indemnity

After watching this film I am reminded of that beloved Lano and Woodley scene (for those of you unfamiliar with Lano & Woodley, they’re like a modern day Abbot and Costello)…

Frank: You know, the actor guy! Oh, what is his name? See, the thing is… the thing is… the thing is that when I say his name, you’ll go, ‘YES! The actor guy, love him, adore him… ‘ But I can’t think of his name. It’s on the tip of my tongue. You know who I mean – he’s got the hair… the eyes… a bit of a nose… and a mouth and it’s all held together with… like a FACE!

That’s how I felt when I saw the lead actor in this film.

But, it wasn’t “The actor guy” (Gregory Peck). It was my old mate Fred MacMurray again! That guy is a chameleon I’m telling you.

ANYWAY, you’ll all be pleased to know that I’ve found yet another film that I actually enjoyed!

In fact, I knew I was going to like this film the minute the opening credits started rolling…

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