Monday, July 27, 2009

Charlie Chaplin's Final Speech in the "Great Dictator" subtitled in Farsi


Charlie Chaplin's Final Speech in the "Great Dictator" subtitled in Farsi

From the New York Times lede blog:
Watching Charlie Chaplin in Tehran
By ROBERT MACKEY
In a brief update on Friday, the Twitter feed IranRiggedElect says that the video embedded below, of Charlie Chaplin’s final speech in the 1940 film “The Great Dictator” with Farsi subtitles, is popular on Iranian social networks at the moment. In this scene, Chaplin’s character addresses a fascist rally, while impersonating an Adolf Hitler-like leader, and denounces militarism and dictatorship:

Amid signs that Iran’s military may be increasing its power, it is not hard to imagine why supporters of Iran’s opposition might be heartened by Chaplin's speech calling on soldiers to “fight for liberty.”


A sidenote, Portrait of Charlie Chaplin by the French artist Fernand Léger


from Léger & Murphy's Ballet Mécanique

More at:
Cubist Charlie Chaplin, Fernand Leger (1923-4)

2 comments:

The Kid In The Front Row said...

that's great. it's great when a piece of cinema finds new ways to connect with audiences, powerful.

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