Cinemaphile group Secret Cinema hosted a one-off screening of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” across five cities in the US and Europe yesterday in protest over Sony’s decision to pull its controversial comedy “The Interview”.
More than 2,000 turned up in London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Rome for the screenings which were held in “protest against the attack on freedom of expression that the threats against screenings of The Interview represents”. It’s reported that around $18,000 of proceeds from the event will be donated to global free speech charity Article 19.
In a statement, Secret Cinema said it chose the film as it “truly demonstrates the need to create art without censorship. Art must challenge and parody any political figure it so wishes. Secret Cinema feels passionately about enabling an environment in which filmmakers can make bold and challenging work without fear.”