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The Great Dictator  Dance with the Globe Since Lava has shared his clips of the great Chaplin, I'd like to add one more. First released in October of 1940, The Great Dictator bitterly satirized Nazism and Adolf Hitler, which culminated in an overt political plea to defy fascism. Well before the full extent of the horrors of Nazism had been uncovered, Chaplin's film advanced a stirring, controversial condemnation of Hitler, fascism, and the Nazis, the latter of whom he excoriated in the film as "machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts." This film was Chaplin's first talkie, and his most commercially successful film. Lava, I know you're going to enjoy this!
Tags: charlie  chaplin  the  great  dictator  40 
Added: 3rd October 2007
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Posted By: Sophia
Chaplin Speech The Great Dictator 1940 This is from the The Great Dictator (1940) starring Charlie Chaplin. In this film Chaplin played two roles: One was Adenoid Hynkel, the dictator of Tomania (an obvious parody of Adolf Hitler); the other was a Jewish barber who looked like Hynkel. In this scene the barber takes the place of Hynkel and, instead of making the expected declaration of war, uses the podium to plea for a better world. It's quite a moving speech...
Tags: Charlie  Chaplin  Great  Dictator  speech 
Added: 29th May 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Viktor Tikhonov - USSR Hockey Coach One of the most familiar faces of Soviet Union hockey was the dour puss of coach Viktor Tikhonov who ran the Central Red Army club team and the Soviet National team with an iron fist and almost unchecked success for 20 years. Tikhonov was born on June 4, 1930. As a player, Tikhonov was a defenceman with the Soviet Air Force and Dynamo Moscow clubs, but he wasn't well known internationally until he became the head coach of both the Central Red Army team and the Soviet Union's national team in 1977. At one point Red Army won 13 consecutive Soviet Elite League titles--which isn't all that surprising considering Tikhonov had the authority of a Red Army general and could immediately draft any player into the armed forces if he showed promise. The USSR won eight IIHF world titles under Tikhonov plus Olympic gold medals in 1984, 1988 and 1992. The USSR's national team also won the 1979 Challenge Cup and 1981 Canada Cup. Tikhonov had power over his players' lives and used it to control every aspect of his team. They routinely trained together for 50 weeks per year while living in army barracks. Canadian hockey great Phil Esposito said the so-called Soviet "amateurs" were more professional than NHL players. Humorless and ruthless, Tikhonov was known for his dictatorial coaching style. He exercised control over his players' lives. His expected absolute obedience--or else. His players quietly called him "the last Stalinist." With tongue-in-cheek humor, western media often referred to Tikhonov as "Chuckles." Tikhonov constantly feared his players would defect if they ever got the slightest chance. Anyone he merely suspected of defecting would be left off teams planning to travel outside the Iron Curtain. In 1991, for instance, he cut Pavel Bure, Valeri Zelepukin, Evgeny Davydov, and Vladimir Konstantinov just before the 1991 Canada Cup. All of them had been drafted by NHL teams, and Tikhonov suspected they were flight risks. Even after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Tikhonov stayed on as the national team coach of Russia for a few more years, but the newer players rebelled against his harsh authoritarian ways. Tikhonov mellowed slighty before going into retirement in 1996. After his retirement, Tikhonov lobbied the Russian government for more attention and better financing for the national team. His grandson plays on the current Russian national squad. Tikhonov died in November 2014.
Tags: hockey  coach  USSR  Viktor  Tikhonov 
Added: 19th February 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Billy Gilbert Actor Billy Gilbert was a versatile performer, but he is best remembered for comedic roles. He was discovered by Stan Laurel and recommended to Hal Roach. Roach put him to work in Laurel & Hardy and Our Gang shorts, usually as an excitable, short-tempered character. (Gilbert played the exasperated home owner in the 1932 Academy Award-winning classic L&H featurette The Music Box.) Gilbert later worked alongside Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator, spoofing Hermann Goring with his role of 'Herring.' Gilbert became famous for his comical sneezes, so much so that he provided the voice of Sneezy in Walt Disney's 1937 animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Poor health forced Gilbert's retirement from acting in 1963. Nevertheless he was a popular figure at L&H fan club meetings until his death at age 77 in 1971. Although Gilbert was happily married for 34 years, his family life was touched by tragedy: His 13-year-old son committed suicide after his grandmother chastised him for letting a pet parrot escape from its cage.
Tags: Billy  Gilbert  comic  actor 
Added: 21st February 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Cafe Americain - Sitcom Flop 1993 A ratings disappointment for NBC in the 1993-94 TV season was Café Americain, a sitcom starring Valerie Bertinelli. Bertinelli played a young American woman, Holly Aldrige, who finds a job working as a waitress in a small café in France even though she speaks no French. The cast consisted of an assortment of eccentric characters from around the world who regularly visited the café, generating comedic circumstances. One, Madame Ybarra, a former dictator's wife, was a thinly veiled spoof of Imelda Marcos. Another was Fabiana Borelli, a tempestuous Italian model, and her perpetually jealous Italian lover Carlo. They regularly sparred and reconciled. The show never garnered a following, even with a favorable timeslot change. It was yanked from NBC's regular schedule in February 1994 after just 16 episodes. In May two previously unaired episodes were shown on one night.
Tags: Valerie  Bertinelli  Cafe  Americain 
Added: 8th September 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Rudolph Valentino Funeral Riot Silent movie heartthrob Rudolph Valentino died from complications of pleuritis on August 23, 1926 at the age of 31. Such was Valentino's popularity that an estimated 100,000 disorderly people lined the streets of New York City to pay their respects at his funeral. The arrangements were handled by the Frank Campbell Funeral Home. The event was a combination of facrce and drama. Suicides of despondent female fans were widely reported. Windows were smashed as fans tried to force their way into the funeral parlor. What can only be described as an all-day riot erupted on August 24. More than 100 mounted officers and NYPD's Police Reserve were deployed to try to restore order. A phalanx of officers lined the streets for the remainder of the viewing. Drama occurred inside the funeral home too. Polish actress Pola Negri, claiming to be Valentino's fiancée, collapsed in hysterics while standing over the actor's coffin. Four fascist Blackshirts formed an honor guard, which was purportedly dispatched by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Afterward the honor guard was revealed to have been comprised of actors. It was a publicity stunt orchestrated by the funeral home.
Tags: Rudolph  Valentino  funeral  riot 
Added: 6th November 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Charlie Chaplin - Great Dictator Speech The 1940 film The Great Dictator was Charlie Chaplin's first feature film in which he talked and did not play his famous Little Tramp character. In the movie Chaplin plays the dual role of a Jewish barber and his lookalike, Adenoid Hynkel--the fascist dictator of Tomania (an obvious caricature of Adolf Hitler). In this climactic scene, the barber impersonates Henkel and makes a radio speech to try to diffuse a world conflict. It's still powerful more than 70 years later.
Tags: The  Great  Dictator  Charlie  Chaplin  speech 
Added: 10th December 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964

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