Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin’s last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine. With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sly commentary on class struggle during the Great Depression, Modern Times—though made almost a decade into the talkie era and containing moments of sound (even song!)—is a timeless showcase of Chaplin’s untouchable genius as a director of silent comedy. —The Criterion Collection
Charlie Chaplin, considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular “Little Tramp” character; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk. Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in Walworth, London, England on April 26th, 1889 to Charles and Hannah (Hill) Chaplin, both music hall performers, who were married on June 22nd, 1885. After Charles Sr. separated from Hannah to perform in New York City, Hannah then tried to resurrect her stage career. Unfortunately, her singing voice had a tendency to break at unexpected moments. When this happened, the stage manager spotted young Charlie standing in the wings and led him on stage, where five-year-old Charlie began to sing a popular tune. Charlie and his half-brother, Syd Chaplin (born Sydney Hawkes), spent their lives in and out… read more
Chaplin's final silent feature was one of his most comic in his parody of the industrial age and effects on the common people during the depression era. There are so many classic sequences jammed into the 90 minute running time its hard to believe they're all from the same film. Chaplin is extraordinary here well matched by Paulette Goddard.
This is a timeless masterpiece. It hasn’t dimmed whatsoever from the time it was released, and it won’t for long into the future. The comedy has an affect on every single individual and no one can… read review
Everywhere people look, there is someone staring at a machine. Computers have become more popular than they were ten years ago. Gameboys and iPods are constantly used by young people the world over… read review
I thoroughly enjoyed this thoroughly enjoyable film. I’m a bit too impressed with this, I think it may be better than City Lights (of course it doesn’t match its glorious ending), but the romance is… read review