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Modern Times is a 1936 American comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin in which his iconic Little Tramp character struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world.
Why It Rocks
- It's Chaplin's final full-length silent film, and performance as the lovable Tramp, and Chaplin really made both his performance and the overall film count.
- Since "talkies" were around when the film was made, the film had a mix of Tramp's classic silent expressions, and voices and sounds from machines. There's even Chaplin's actual voice heard singing an imaginary, nonsense song of gibberish.
- As mentioned above, Charlie Chaplin did an incredible performance as The Tramp as usual, with his scenes being alternated during various points, including an assembly-line factory worker.
- There's also Paulette Goddard who played the film heroine, the gamin or Ellen Peterson. She also does a great performance. Plus she lovable since she's an orphan and has to steal food for her family, and became fond of the Tramp and his kindness.
- The film had a great original music score created by Chaplin himself which really enhances the film.
- A number of wonderfully inventive and memorable routines and scenes that proclaim the frustrating struggle by proletarian man against the dehumanizing effects of the machine in the Industrial Age (at the time of Henry Ford's assembly line), and various social institutions.
- We finally get to hear the Tramp's voice in this film! Sure it may be in a gibberish song with foreign-sounding lyrics, but still, we actually get to hear it.