After dedicated service in WWI, a Jewish barber spends years in an army hospital, unaware of the rise of a fascist, anti-Semitic dictator, whom he bears an uncanny resemblance to. When he returns to his neighborhood, he is stunned by the brutal changes, and recklessly joins a girl in rebelling.
Charlie vs. Adolf! In his most controversial film yet (as well as his first “talkie”), Chaplin took on fascism with subversive humor, trademark slapstick, and a feast of now-classic scenes. The final speech is legendary, and the “globe dance” is wicked and perverse. An absolute essential.
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Michel Gondry, 2008, United States
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Harmony Korine, 2007, United States
Pedro Almodóvar, 2006, Spain
Federico Fellini, 1963, Italy
Thomas Vinterberg, 1998, Denmark
Wim Wenders, 1987, West Germany
Jim Jarmusch, 1991, France
Eran Kolirin, 2007, Israel