We kick it off with a film that was doing the rounds while the Nazis were in full force. This pointed satire of Nazi Germany revolves around a poor Jewish barber who is the spitting image of dictator Adenoid Hynkel (no prizes for guessing which historical figure he is meant to be).
This brave and remarkably prophetic comedy was the biggest commercial success in Charlie Chaplain’s celebrated career. It bagged five Academy award nominations, possibly setting the trend for Oscar-hogging holocaust movies.
Hitler himself banned the film but curiosity eventually got the better of him and he watched a copy while in Portugal. His reaction wasn’t recorded but it’s safe to assume he was not amused.