Subversives: The Great Dictator

12/2/2020; 54 minutes

Professor Maggie Hennefeld talks about the subversive nature of Charlie Chaplin's famous WWII satire in this Q&A for The Great Dictator. Hennefeld also examines the debate over the effectiveness of its deployment of comedy to critique the cruelty of fascism. Alongside moderator Miguel Penabella, Hennefeld invites us to think about the controversiality of this film for its time and how it compares to our understanding of the film in the present day. Recorded on 10/22/2020. (#36601)

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