Hoje achei bem desligar a TV e ver um filme que arranjei á uns tempos e que ainda não tinha Visto com olhos de ver.
"O Grande Ditador" de Charlie Chaplin.
Foi o primeiro filme falado do comediante. Quando foi feito (1940) foi banido em muitos países tementes pela retaliação do regime nazi.
Não conheço muito do trabalho de Chaplin, creio que o que mais conheço são os típicos filmezinhos mudos cómicos do Charlot mas assumo não conheço nada da restante obra.
Para além da evidente parecença física, Chaplin monta a melhor imitação de A. Hitles de todos os tempos.
O filme é a mais arrojada crítica ao que seria a maior catástrofe política europeia
Fiquei impressionada com o discurso final.
E deixo aqui, na íntegra, o mesmo discurso.
Lembrem-se que o filme foi feito no inicio da II Guerra Mundial e vejam a coerência e actualidade do discurso.
" 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:
Jew, gentile, black man, white.
We all want to help one another.|Human beings are like that.
We want to live by each other's|happiness, not misery.
We don't want to hate one another.
In this world, the good earth is rich|and can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free|and beautiful but we haVe lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into bloodshed.
We haVe deVeloped speed|but have shut ourselves in.
Machinery 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...
The aeroplane and radio|haVe brought us closer.
These inventions cry out|for the goodness in man, cry out for universal brotherhood,|for the unity of us all.
EVen now|my voice is reaching millions, millions of despairing men,|women and children,
victims of a system|that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.
To those who can hear me I say,|do not despair.
The misery upon us|is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear|the way of human progress.
The hate of men will pass,|and dictators die, and the power they took|will return to the people.
So long as men die|liberty will never perish.
Soldiers,|don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you,regiment your lives,|tell you what to think and feel, who drill you, treat you like cattle|and use you as cannon fodder.
Don't give yourselves to these men, machine men with machine minds|and machine hearts.
You are not machines,|you are not cattle, you are men!
You haVe|the love of humanity in you.
Don't hate. Only the unloVed|and the unnatural hate.
Soldiers, don't fight for slavery,|fight for liberty!
St Luke says, "The Kingdom of God|is within man."
Not in one man nor a group of men,|but in all men. In you!
You haVe the power|to create machines, the power to create happiness.
You haVe the power to make|this life free and beautiful, to make this life|a wonderful adVenture.
In the name of democracy,|let us use that power.
Let us all unite,|let us fight for a new world, a world|that will give men a chance to work,
that will give youth a future|and old age security.
Promising these things,|brutes have risen.
But they lie! They do not fulfil|that promise. They never will!
Dictators free themselves|but they enslaVe the people.
Now let us fight|to fulfil that promise!
Let us fight to free the world,|to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed,|with hate and intolerance.
Let us fight for a world of reason,a world where science and progress|will lead to the happiness of all.
Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us unite!"