The Great Dictator (1940) is a comedy written and directed by Charlie Chaplin about a humble Jewish barber who is mistaken for Adenoid Hynkel (Charlie Chaplin), the cruel, anti-Semitic, and inept dictator of a small country.
“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
Barber: “We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world, there’s room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful. […] You the people have the power – the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. […] Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance.”
- The Great Dictator Movie Review & Film Summary (1940) (rogerebert.com)