A Jewish barber returns home after two decades within hospital walls to find his old shop not only dilapidated but marked with hateful graffiti. The source of this hatred is the regime of a tyrannical dictator which is persecuting the barber along with the rest of the Jewish community. In one of his most ingenious strokes of artistry ever, Charlie Chaplin subverted the fears of the time with a visionary and undeniably moving satire of fascism and discrimination.


Charlie Chaplin
Charles Spencer ‘Charlie’ Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona ‘the Tramp’ and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of filmmaking. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977 - and encompassed both adulation and controversy.


Photos © Roy Export S.A.S. DVD catalogue number: ART766DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART160BD Production year: 1940



Out now on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand

Also part of The Charlie Chaplin Collection

GENRE: Comedy, Drama, War


DIRECTOR: Charlie Chaplin

DURATION: 125 Mins


LANGUAGES: English, Esperanto


  • “Chaplin is at his most profound in suggesting that there is much of the Tramp in the Dictator, and much of the Dictator in the Tramp”

    Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

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