Modern Times

Modern Times

DVD - 2010
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When his boss demands more speed and efficiency, Chaplin goes crazy from his repetitious assembly line job. Primarily a silent film with music and sound effects, but occasional voices emanate from radios and television screens.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jun 02, 2016

GOOD 1936 silent movie - the last of Charlie Chaplin's lengthy silent movie career. I found it a bit more interesting from a historical perspective (deals with rise of industrialism and the Depression) than comical. I was a bit surprised to learn Chaplin composed the music.
I particularly enjoyed seeing Paulette Goddard as gamine Ellen Peterson.

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SillyNilly
Aug 04, 2014

Audio commentary provided great insight into Chaplin' life and art.

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Monolith
Mar 08, 2013

I've said it before -- I'll say it again: the man was genius. Producer; director; writer; composer; comedian; dramatist... Genius. I haven't had such a good laugh in a while. Man, I want a (functional) "Billows Feeding Machine"! And yeah, his wife (#3) Pauline Goddard was a sexy little thing. For this final commercially produced film of the silent era: FIVE STARS.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jan 28, 2013

Modern Times is one of the better feature-length films by Chaplin.
A young Pauline Goddard was simply gorgeous to look at. A very entertaining film from the silent era.

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AtomicFez
Aug 28, 2011

Much has been made of this film as being indicative of the workers' struggle against their oppressive industrialist bosses. In many ways it is, yet the thing is just as celebratory of the industrialists' ability to overcome the mechanization process when it becomes ridiculous (cf. the lunch machine).

This is a wonderful film about the process of coming to terms with life and how it can, or cannot, rule your emotions. In the end, we see both of the heroes simply accept that life will continue no matter their outlook, determine to be accepting of that which they cannot control, and be satisfied with what they have achieved and possess, including with each other.

Charlie Chaplin as Buddhist. Believe it or not.

And he wrote all the music for the film which includes the tune "Smile" which went on to become a jazz standard.

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Monolith
Mar 08, 2013

A gamin: "What's the use of trying?" A factory worker: "Buck up - never say die. We'll get along!"

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