“The Interview” Censorship Protestors Screen Chaplin’s Hitler Parody “The Great Dictator”

An elegant example of the old bait-and-switch. But a much, much better film than that which they had intended to see anyway.

TechCrunch

A clandestine invite to a “secret screening to protest against censorship” of The Interview did not lead to a showing of the North Korea-skewering film at the center of the Sony Pictures hack. It did raise money for free speech charity Article 19, though. Instead, attendees in London, Rome, and San Francisco who were instructed to come “dressed in a dark suit, and bring a small gift for a stranger” were shown screenings of Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator.

The protest’s goal was to stand up against the precedent being set by the pulled release of The Interview.

While some viewers were disappointed not to see Seth Rogen and James Franco make fun of Kim Jong-un, they at least got to see Hitler made the butt of Chaplin’s legendary slapstick. The London screening had 800 people show up, while 200 made it in Rome and New York, and…

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