Elder daughter decided on The Great Dictator (no captions, alas!) and this past weekend, we all settled down to watch it. I have never seen the entire film through, and only recognised the famous "world-balloon ballet":
Meanwhile Goddard's character, prostrate in despair in the newly conquered Osterlitz, rises to her feet as she hears the broadcast voice of the barber, speaking directly to her. She, too, looks much older, for all the hope in her eyes.
This film was released in 1940 and was Chaplin's most successful film. Watching it from the distance of more than seventy years and knowing that, at that moment, the great slaughter of Jews, Romani, and other "undesirables" had not yet hit its stride, the speech has a poignance, desperation and grief that was far beyond what Chaplin intended. He did say that, had he known the full extent of Nazi atrocity that was to come, he never would have proceeded. I think it's safe to feel glad that he did.