Charlie Chaplin vs. Inception

Chaplin vs. Inception

Hey geeks, check out this mash-up of the score from Inception, and Charlie Chaplin’s speech from The Great Dictator. Looks like it was put together by Youtube user dane3445. Overall I think he did a good job, though I think the music tends to compete a little with the speech towards the end.

I’ve really liked this speech since I first watched it almost five years ago in a little museum in Lausanne, Switzerland (…or I think it was Laussanne… somewhere around there). I decided that summer to take part in four week study abroad program for graphic designers, and that day we went to this museum that had a Chaplin exhibition. I wasn’t having a great day, and didn’t feel like tagging along with the rest of the group, so I wandered off and found myself in what seemed like the basement of the place. There were three screens set up down there, with a single bench in front of them, and each screen was briefly showing a scene from one of Chaplin’s silent films. I sat there for awhile watching them, then this speech popped up on the center screen while the other two went blank. Until then I never knew Chaplin did any talking pictures, and I kind of jumped a bit when I first heard his voice (and I was really glad no one was around to see that). Still, it was one of those weird quite moments I was glad no one else was around for, and that I got to enjoy. There were some other clips where he spoke, but the only other one I remember was the final scene from Monsieur Verdoux. Eventually the other students made their way down there and I took off. Anyhow, not sure why I went in to all of that. I’ll blame it on the wine. Enjoy the video!

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  1. Dude, I have seen that before and never knew it was Chaplin. That speech is about seven and three quarter tons of awesome. It always gives me chills. Imagine what this world might be like if that ideology was the prevailing wind of global politics. The score just pumps it up ten notches for me. It did need to be a little softer in the climax, but still…..very sick.

  2. Erik the Odd

    05/29/2011 at 10:07 am


    God, the first time I heard this, I almost cried. This was really Chaplin’s finest hour. Here’s another thought; when this was screened, people threw eggs at the screen.

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