Charlie with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr (who was born on this day in 1909) c.1918
Winston Churchill and his family with Charlie Chaplin.
The Cure - 1917
Tomorrow the birds will sing.
Some great shots of Charlie and that beautiful smile of his.
Charlie Chaplin, 1911
A very young and beautiful Charlie.
"I know what you’re thinking. My health and all that. But I had to take a drink. There’s a greeby white light that keeps turning on and off in my stomach, and that’s not so good if I’m to be a success tonight."
The Great Dictator (1940)
This photo moves me incredibly. Part of it probably springs from my uncanny obsession with the Barber, but just take a look at this photo.
Here’s some context, in case you need it:
In 1940, Charlie Chaplin released a film called “The Great Dictator” in which he blatantly mocked and ridiculed Adolf Hitler. Keep in mind that it was smack dab in the middle of Hitler’s terror that he produced and released this film, which was an incredibly dangerous thing to do.
Secondly, just take a look at the photo. The Jewish Barber (also played by Chaplin) is just standing there as a pair of stormtroopers wait for his salute. To those of you who’ve seen the film, just forget the context for a second and just soak in what this photo says.
To those of you who may wonder why I admire this man so much (other than the fact that I have a thing for short, dark-haired men with mustaches), this is why. He encompassed humanity and had no problem risking his life to say it. His liberal views ended up getting him essentially kicked out of the country in a time where war was the word and those who spoke of peace and equality were considered communist traitors.
Hats off to this man, and a fist-pump of pride for this Jewish Barber.
Even if you aren’t a classic film fan, I believe everyone should see “The Great Dictator” for its historical impact and the absolutely marvelous speech at the end.
I couldn’t agree more! How he dared to make a movie mocking Adolf Hitler is just amazing especially during this terrible period of history. I don’t think there’s anyone nowadays who has much guts as Charlie had to shoot a film with such strong political views! That’s one of the many other reasons why I admire him.