That was Charlie Chaplin.
Yes, this guy: This was taken from the movie “The Great Dictator”, one of Chaplin’s greatest works. Chaplin decided to make his first speaking movie and release right in the middle of World War II, when tension was high and violence was everywhere.
In a way, the Tramp’s heartfelt closing plea for peace and human brotherhood is spoken by Chaplin himself, stepping out of character to make a personal statement on the eve of the war with Hitler. The speech does not fit into the fabric of the rest of the film (as many critics noted at the time), but the passage of years has made it seem uncannily appropriate.
– Roger Ebert
Charles Chaplin gives this speech a personal touch and that is very evident. The speech itself is brilliant but the way he calls out to the humanity in each and every one of us is what makes this one of the greatest speeches of all time and also a cinematic masterpiece.
The music was part of the Inception soundtrack composed by Hans Zimmer, a genius in his own right. The music is epic and fits in perfectly with the speech and frankly, just takes it to another level.
I’ll leave you with my favourite lines from this speech and hope that it strikes a chord within us all to take control and make this world, the place it is supposed to be.
You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.