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Was Charlie Chaplin a Communist?

Woodcut of Charlie Chaplin.

Charlie Chaplin was deeply troubled by the Great Depression. “Something is wrong when five million men are out of work in the richest country in the world,” he said. After a conversation with Mahatma Gandhi, who lamented “machinery with only consideration of profit,” an idea took hold in Chaplin’s head. He’d make a satire on modern industrial life.

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