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For November’s edition of “Evening @ the Barn,” the fun monthly presentation series of Hollywood Heritage, a fitting event will truly let freedom ring, American-style. Charles Chaplin‘s political satire, “The Great Dictator” (1940, starring Chaplin, Jack Oakie, Billy Gilbert and Paulette Goddard) will have a special Veteran’s Day screening at the Lasky-Demille Barn.
Film was the great silent movie artist’s first talking picture and an act of political courage to make a mockery out of people who deserved the drubbing, at the very least. Soon America would go to war against the evil totalitarianism Chaplin so brilliantly lances in “Dictator.”
Screening is sponsored by The Jack Oakie Foundation which underwrites lectures on comedy and provides scholarships for film and theater students.
A super-special bonus feature will be the in-person appearance of legendary actor Norman Lloyd who will discuss his working relationship with Chaplin. Lloyd, still going strong at 101 years old, is a living treasure and a great raconteur.
The Lasky-DeMille Barn has a super new backyard patio where barn animals can graze with wine before the screening. We’re going, and hope to see you there.
The Great Dictator | Evening at the Barn, Hollywood Heritage | Lasky-DeMille Barn | Nov 11, 7:30 pm