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Outside Arles

Exhibition Chaplin and the Dictator

The Dictator, censored in many countries upon its release, was a milestone in the artist's career. In this film, Chaplin plays both a Jewish barber who lives in the ghetto, and Hynkel, the dictator head of state of Tomania. Directed against all odds, under pressure from the Hollywood establishment, this satire of Nazism and the persecution of the Jews is a courageous and innovative work produced on the eve of World War II.

Chaplin was one of the few filmmakers who dared to question the power of Adolf Hitler and his party and the danger they posed to the world.
At the end of the film, the artist will take the floor for the first time to recite a speech full of hope, a call for peace. A speech that remains as relevant today as it was in 1940. This visionary satire marks history as much as it bears its imprint.

In this exhibition entirely devoted to the film, visitors will have the opportunity to discover multiple archival documents ranging from the history of the creation of the film to the revelation of filming tricks and unfinished scenes, through the discovery of previously unpublished filming photos.

"Chaplin and the Dictator: The story of a small fish in a shark-infested ocean. "is an exhibition co-produced by Les Rencontres d'Arles, Roy Export S.A.S. and the Institute for Photography of Lille. The exhibition, supported by the Charlie Chaplin Museum Foundation, was conceived by Kate Guyonvarch, Sam Stourdzé and Mathilde Thibault Starzyk.

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Posted on 10.03.2021