Modern Times

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Modern Times

Charlie Chaplin
USA, 1936
Fiction, 87min, OmdU

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Modern Times

Charlie Chaplin
USA, 1936
Fiction, 87min, OmdU

Cast: 
Charlie Chaplin
Charlie
Paulette Goddard
Girl
Stanley Sandford
Big Bill
Chester Conklin
Mechanic
Henry Bergman
Cafe owner
Screenplay: 
Charlie Chaplin
Camera: 
Ira Morgan
Rollie Totheroh
Editor: 
Charlie Chaplin
Willard Nico
Composer: 
Charlie Chaplin
Decoration: 
Charles D. Hall

Production: 
Charles Chaplin Productions
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

MODERN TIMES was Charlie’s first film after five years of hibernation in the 30’s. He didn’t much like talkies, and despite the introduction of sound in 1927, his CITY LIGHTS (1931) was defiantly silent. With MODERN TIMES, a fable about (among other things) automation, assembly lines and the enslaving of man by machines, he hit upon an effective way to introduce sound without disturbing his comedy of pantomime: The voices in the movie are channeled through other media. The ruthless steel tycoon talks over closed-circuit television, a crackpot inventor brings in a recorded sales pitch, and so on. The only synched sound is Charlie’s famous tryout as a singing waiter; perhaps after Garbo spoke, the only thing left was for Charlie to sing. (Roger Ebert)