1328 Montana Avenue (at 14th Street)
Santa Monica, California 90403

Saturday, May 5 – 7:30 PM
Double Feature: THE GREAT DICTATOR, 1940, Kino International, 127 min. Dir. Charles Chaplin. The physical resemblance between the Tramp and another famous man with a little black mustache was not lost on Chaplin. In his first all-talking picture, he plays both a Jewish barber and his double, Adenoid Hynkel, the absolute ruler of Tomainia. As Hynkel and his henchmen Herring and Garbitsch engineer the persecution of Jews and the invasion of neighboring Osterlich, the amnesiac barber may be the only person innocent enough to stop them. Throughout the film Chaplin powerfully exploits the deflating power of parody, while in the finale he abandons both character and comedy to deliver an impassioned plea for human tolerance. With Paulette Goddard, Reginald Gardiner, Jack Oakie. [35mm]
THE PRODUCERS, 1968, Rialto Pictures, 88 min. Mel Brooks' directorial debut follows two Broadway producers - con man Zero Mostel and sheepish Gene Wilder - deciding to get rich by selling shares in what will be a guaranteed flop, and is one of the funniest comedies of the 1960s. The pair's production "Springtime for Hitler" becomes a so-bad-it's-good hit, and their designs on big-time wealth comically crumble. Watch for Dick Shawn as the jive-taking Fuehrer. [35mm] Introduction before the second feature by Mel Brooks, schedule permitting.

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Added by AmericanCinematheque on April 29, 2012