One of my favorite presentations of this song.
Great music to an amazing portfolio.
The Great Dictator
Yes, this is meme-ish but I watched this youtube clip earlier in the week and it stuck with me.
Chaplin’s speech has some powerful word choices. The score is also a powerful compliment to the scene (furthering my opinion that the soundtrack to INCEPTION is just incredible). Lastly, I remember watching bits and pieces of this as a kid - but never the full movie. It never seemed as funny to me as his other work. Now, as an adult, I can watch it with patience and perspective. I picked it up at the local library (Netflix and iTunes didn’t have it) It is a powerful movie - especially when it is understood in it’s context.
Because of this, I felt it worthy of curating and making a few brief notes.
"Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost."
- - Chaplin here speaks to the mechanized age. The advent of the airplane and radio - and yet, when he later speaks of “how they have brought us close together” - I cannot help but think of our modern conveniences to frame these words in. The internet. Skype. Cell phones. Wikipedia. Surely our cleverness has grown - perhaps our cynicism and crassness as well?
Not included in this youtube clip:
"Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up Hannah! The clouds are lifting! The sun is breaking through! We are coming out of the darkness into the light! We are coming into a new world; a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed, and brutality. Look up, Hannah! The soul of man has been given wings and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow! Into the light of hope, into the future! The glorious future, that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up! "
An interesting similarity of style…
Just an neat observation. I found “The Adjustment Bureau“‘s poster to be very Hitchcockian.