The Great Dictator with Gretl Claggett

Welcome to the encore performance of this episode! My laptop had taken on dump on me and lost the original one. But alas, it was recorded again and I think even more rich than before. Thanks to the world being crazy, the conversations political lean seemed to have much more meat on it and became more topical thank before.

The episode discussed Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator from 1940. A film that sadly is timeless and you’ll notice parallels between 80 years ago and today right away. The conversation goes over Chaplin’s film as well as hefty political topics of the world and climate we currently live in.

I’m very happy to bring director Gretl Claggett onto the show for this episode. Gretl is a terrific filmmaker, her latest film Stormchaser winning her AMC Networks “Best Female Creator” award. She’s an incredibly thoughtful, philosophical and talented person and I’m grateful to have spent time doing this episode with her twice!

0:0:50 – Gretl Claggett Interview
0:41:24 – The Great Dictator Discussion
1:22:02 – What Else


The Brandon Peters Show will return tomorrow 1/19 with the Out Now Commentary for Manhunter (1986).

Technical Information

Brandon – Shure SM58-LC
Gretl – Unknown Microphone (Recorded with Zoom)

Post Production
NCH Wavepad Masters Edition v8.38
NCH MixPad Masters v5.22
The Levelator 2

RUNTIME: 98 minutes

The Great Dictator is available on Blu-ray and DVD. It is currently streaming on HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel, Kanopy and IndieFlix. You can rent or buy it digitally on Amazon Prime.

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