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CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S "THE GREAT DICTATOR" IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE WORLD, 1940-45

CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S "THE GREAT DICTATOR" IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE WORLD, 1940-45

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A Charlie Chaplin biographer called The Great Dictator “an unparalleled phenomenon, an epic incident in the history of mankind.” After debuting in New York in October 1940, Chaplin’s first full-dialog film caused a political firestorm in Latin America and beyond. This biting satire of Adenoid Hynkel (Adolf Hitler) and Benzino Napaloni (Benito Mussolini) conveyed the anti-fascist message that Washington desired, but it angered German and Italian communities and their sympathizers in countries considered essential to the Allied effort. This lecture explores the fascinating circulation of this Hollywood film at a sensitive Good Neighbor moment.
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Willie Hiatt

Willie Hiatt, a Kentucky native, is an Associate Professor of History at Long Island University, Post Campus, and a former Society for the Humanities Fellow at Cornell University (2019-20). He’s the author of The Rarified Air of the Modern: Airplanes and Technological Modernity in the Andes (Oxford University Press, 2016). His current research is an oral history project examining how Peruvians experienced electrical blackouts after Maoist insurgents dynamited high-tension towers during the Shining Path movement (1980-92).

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1 lecture(s)
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Thursday, 10:00am - 12:00pm
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Apr 04, 2024