“We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost….”
Almost eighty years later, the final speech of Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator seem to resonate once again in our own century. From Western industrialisation to the rise of nationalism in Europe, from the Great Depression to the Red Scare (which he was a direct victim of), Chaplin commented on the historical events that shook his time through the character of the Tramp, becoming an artistic and ideological phenomenon. We are thrilled to revisit the work of the actor, filmmaker, producer, dancer, composer and humanist with seven of his films, including both lesser-known and landmark titles.