Hooked on Film: Alan Arkin on Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator

On Film / Short Takes — Jul 6, 2016

Yesterday, we released Arthur Hiller’s uproarious 1979 comedy classic The In-Laws. Starring Alan Arkin as a pragmatic dentist and Peter Falk as a wild mystery man, Hiller’s film showcases the tremendous comedic talents of its two incredible stars. As a supplement to our release of this madcap riot, we recorded an interview with Arkin, and we’re pleased to offer an extended outtake from our chat with him. In the clip above, watch the legendary actor share what first sparked his affinity for comedy and his formative experience with Charlie Chaplin’s 1940 masterpiece The Great Dictator.

And for more on Arkin’s influences, take a look at the multitalented performer’s Criterion Top 10 list.