Charlie Chaplin is still regarded as one of the most influential artists of cinema history, an icon and a towering figure of world culture.
But as time goes on, new generations only have heard of him and his old movies briefly, without having any reason to take an interest in his works.
Through most of his films, he never spoke. His style consisted of silent movies and slapstick comedy. But there is one thing he produced that I personally consider timeless and now more than ever, important for everyone who lives on this earth.
Those who know him and his films already know what this is going to be about. But if you’ve never watched any of his movies, please bear with me for a minute.
He will leave you speechless, too. It’s advice we all should follow every day. Especially with the political tension in the US, rising risk of conflict between China and Taiwan, and a still ongoing war in the middle east.
The dictator — Not just about the Nazis
One of his most acclaimed movies was “the dictator”, which hit cinemas in 1940, 1 year before the US officially declared war on Nazi Germany.
It was the first movie he actually spoke in, and the speech he held at the end of the movie blurred the lines between film-making and addressing us directly to teach us about the importance of life.
This speech is more valuable, more relatable, and more important than any speech a politician has given to date.
I don’t think everyone needs to be a fan of any of his movies or him as a person. But this speech should be an important lesson for all of us.
“I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible. Jew…