Film followed by a post-screening reception with champagne, pretzels (her fave), and more. All ticket proceeds benefit the Film Center.

"It is a funny film, which we expect from Chaplin, and a brave one." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Chaplin is at his most profound in suggesting that there is much of the Tramp in the Dictator, and much of the Dictator in the Tramp." - David Kehr, Chicago Reader

Sunday, January 29 at 6pm

A TOAST TO JEAN

Jean de St. AubinAfter a remarkable twenty-year tenure, Gene Siskel Film Center Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin will resign in February. Join us in celebrating Jean’s impact and leadership, as we toast to her next chapter and celebrate her love of the movies with one of her favorite films, THE GREAT DICTATOR (this title, by the way, is in no way a reflection on Jean’s own leadership style!). Film followed by a post-screening reception with champagne, pretzels (her fave), and more. All ticket proceeds benefit the Film Center.


THE GREAT DICTATOR

This prescient masterpiece was Chaplin’s first pure talkie, wherein he plays two roles: the cruel, bafoonish Hynkel, dictator of the fictitious “Tomania”; and the kind Jewish barber, who bears his uncanny resemblance. Mistaken identity is the backdrop for this slapstick farce that delivers as many laughs as it does a timely message, delivered in Chaplin’s famous speech about the horrors of war and the power of peace.


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