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    The Great Dictator (United Artists, 1940). One Sheet (27" X 41"). One of Chaplin's last films, this was also his biggest box office success - not surprising as it was released mere weeks before America's entrance into World War II. In this classic comedy, Chaplin plays a Jewish barber who, through a series of circumstances, is mistaken for the power-mad dictator of Tomania, Adenoid Hynkel. Chaplin got the idea for the film when his friend, Alexander Korda, mentioned that Chaplin and Hitler shared similar physical characteristics. A controversial film from the outset, Great Britain initially threatened to ban the film, due to their policy of appeasement regarding Hitler, but as they were at war with Nazi Germany by the time the movie was completed, it was released in that country to an enthusiastic reception. It was, however, banned in all the nations controlled by the Nazis, and remained banned in Spain until the death of Francisco Franco in 1975. It's reported that Hitler himself screened the picture privately not once, but twice, although his reaction to it has never been revealed. An undeniably important and courageous film, and one that garnered five Academy Award nominations, it's also Chaplin at his very best, starring in his first all-sound, all-talking picture. This one sheet had pinholes in the corners, pinpoint crossfold separation, and repairs to the right border. There are paint touch-ups in the image area, and the linen has been trimmed to the exact edges of the poster. Nevertheless, this is a very attractive poster advertising an extremely important film, one that is very rarely offered. Don't miss your chance to add this exquisite piece to your collection! Very Good on Linen.

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