Friday, November 29, 2013

Something To Think About...

Updated to reflect that the link to The Great Dictator only has the first half of the movie.

The Great Dictator was filmed in 1940, before the United States got dragged into World War II. The "Jewish Barber" -- played by Chaplin -- is virtually a twin to Adenoid Hynkle, the Dictator. Through the convoluted circumstances that are Chaplin's trademark, the Barber is mistaken for Hynkle, and must make a speech to his assembled troops. The final speech should be as famous and as well-known as the Gettysburg Address, King's "I have a dream", and Kennedy's Inaugural Address... but it isn't...

I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. 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. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: "the Kingdom of God is within man" - not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power - the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
A few days ago, I mentioned Paulette Goddard, the second most beautiful woman on earth, after the lovely yet talented Mrs618. I told you that she co-starred with Charlie Chaplin in both Modern Times and The Great Dictator.

Modern Times (the full movie):

The Great Dictator (full movie, first half, but with Czech subtitles...):


And a bonus picture of the lovely yet talented Miss Goddard, from Modern Times:

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