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Modern Times

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Released 1936

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Director:
Charles Chaplin
Released:
1936
Rating:
G
Modern Times is the 1936 silent sensation written, directed and starring screen legend Charlie Chaplin in his infamous Tramp role in another poignant and hysterical adventure. Here, the Tramp is a factory worker whose job is to tighten bolts. He is first in a very fast-moving assembly line where is only task is to tighten two bolts as plates pass by. Later we see him on the moving belt, then sucked into the machinery, and then he passes through the giant gear wheels. He loses this job, is unemployed, end up in jail and has it pretty good there. Several times, after he gets out, he tries to get back in, it is the best housing and food that he has had. When a young homeless woman's father dies, she's put into a home but, knowing her eventual fate, she runs away and is pursued by the authorities much of the second half of the movie. She and he meet, take to each other, and the movie ends with them walking together, away from the audience, down the middle of a rural two-lane road.moreless

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  • 100

    San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle

    An ungainly masterpiece, but Chaplin's ungainliness is something one can grow fond of.

  • 100

    Boston Globe Ty Burr

    Chaplin's sentimental politics and peerless comic invention dovetailed more perfectly in this film than in any other he made.

  • 100

    Chicago Reader Dave Kehr

    Charlie Chaplin finally got around to acknowledging the 20th century in this 1936 film, which substitutes machine-age gags for the fading Victoriana of his other work. Consequently...

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Classics, Slapstick