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Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator

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The Cinema Museum

The Masters' House

2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road)

London

SE11 4TH

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Do join us for BECTU's screening of Charlie Chaplin’s film, The Great Dictator, at the iconic Cinema Museum in Kennington, south London, on Thursday 29 March.The site was once a Victorian workhouse where the British comedian spent part of his poverty-stricken childhood.

In this, Chaplin’s first picture with sound and his most commercially successful, he plays both Adenoid Hynkel, leader of Tomania and a Jewish barber who gets caught up in a rebellion against Hynkel’s fascist regime. Released in 1940, Chaplin said later that he would not have made comedy of such events had he known the full extent of the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis.

Nonetheless, Chaplin’s revenge on Hitler for stealing his trademark moustache hits its mark: the film’s skewering of the vanity and paranoia of demagogues is timeless and the closing speech, a plea for democracy, tolerance and hope, is legendary.

Why this film? We think it has real historical significance in the light of worrying trends in politics today.

Writer, director, producer: Charlie Chaplin; starring Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard.

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The venue is the Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, London SE11 4TH (situated between Elephant & Castle and Kennington tube stations). If you have not visited before please allow extra time to locate this south London gem.

We have an added bonus for earlybirds too.The venue's volunteers will lead two 20-minute museum tours ahead of the screening. The unique collection of memorabilia includes a striking metal sculpture: a silhouette of Chaplin that hangs from the roof of the main hall.The film itself will be introduced at 7pm with the screening getting underway at 7.10pm. We encourage visitors to join one of the tours and to support the venue in its struggle to persuade South London & Maudsley NHS Trust not to sell the building to the highest bidder.

Arrive in time to get a drink from the Cinema Museum bar; tea/coffee and snacks will also available.

The evening's running order is as follows :

6pm - doors open

6.10 - first tour

6.30 - second tour

7pm - introducing the film

7.10 - film starts

9.15 - drinks and networking

10pm - event ends.

We look forward to seeing you for another great evening of film.

Best wishes

Writers Producers and Directors branch.

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The Cinema Museum

The Masters' House

2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road)

London

SE11 4TH

United Kingdom

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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