Chaplin Meets Inception: The Final Speech of The Great Dictator

Charlie Chaplin is said to have added his 4 1/2 minute final speech to The Great Dictator (1940) only after Hitler’s invasion of France. The speech both showcases the actor’s considerable dramatic gifts and makes a prescient, eloquent plea for human decency. So the idea of adding any kind of extra music, especially a composition by the frequently bombastic Hans Zimmer, might seem like first gilding the lily and then dousing it with lysol and neon paint. But we think this Zimmer track from the 2010 sci-fi head trip hit Inception actually kinda works. Give it a look/listen and let us know what you think.

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via @stevesilberman

Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco-based arts and culture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, and many other publications. You can follow her on twitter at @sheerly.

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