As most of the world, particularly the U.S., was trying to overlook the threat posed by the Germans and the discrimination of the Jews, Charlie Chaplin and the rest of the actors spoke up loudly against the discrimination in a humorous way (Maland 34). What makes these two films similar is the fact that they were both comedies that used humor to uncover and condemn the faults in the German political system. This paper will analyze two scene from each film and compare them to the other in aspects of their narrative structure (themes, characters and acting) and cinematography.
On the second scene of the film, we observe the main actors of the last show, Joseph and Maria Tura, now acting in Hamlet. The two chat, and Joseph tries to convince Maria that he truly loves and adores her (Eyman 2). When he enters her room, he becomes overly jealous when he realizes that she has gotten flowers from a secret admirer for the third day in a row. After Joseph leaves the room, Maria informs her maid that she is sure they are from the attractive aviator, but reassures the maid that she too loves her husband, but he becomes offended by such small things. From this scene, we can see that Marias attitude appears to be that of a careless female who enjoys taunting men and making her spouse overly jealous. She appears to have few good motivations in life other than to be admired and loved (Eyman 2). Even as the movie continues, we observe that Maria only grows and matures when her country is in danger. Joseph, on the other hand, acts like a silly, haughty man when we initially see him. They have numerous passionate, but childish, arguments with Maria as they act, which makes us unsure of their matrimonial. Joseph becomes overly jealous and angry after and instead of acting like a gentleman, he turns into a raving lunatic for a while (Eyman 3).
The central theme in this scene is