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Modern Times

  • Drama
  • 1936
  • Charles Chaplin
  • 86 mins
  • U

Summary

Comedy starring Charlie Chaplin as a factory worker who becomes so unhinged by his job tightening bolts that he is placed in a mental hospital. Following his release and a spell in jail, he befriends a beautiful orphan.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Charles Chaplin's ridiculing of an increasingly mechanised and mechanical society is an inspired assembly line of gags, similar to A Nous la Liberté by the French director René Clair, who declared he had always been inspired by Chaplin so was honoured if "the master" had been inspired by him. As machines chew up our beloved hero and spit him out, Charlie finds compensation only in the love of Paulette Goddard and a sunset stroll into a happy-ever-after. Naive this may be, but what else could Chaplin do? He was in the business of redemption and this was the only way out he could find in increasingly darkening days.

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Credits

Cast

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Factory workerCharles Chaplin
GaminePaulette Goddard
Café ownerHenry Bergman
Big Bill / WorkerTiny Sanford
MechanicChester Conklin
BurglarHank Mann
Sheriff CoulerStanley Blystone
Company bossAllan Garcia
ForemanSam Stein
Woman with buttoned bosomJuana Sutton
WorkerJack Low
ConvictRichard Alexander
Prison chaplainDr Cecil Reynolds
Chaplain's wifeMira McKinney
Prison governorLloyd Ingraham
WorkmanHeinie Conklin
BurglarLouis Natheaux
WorkerWalter James

Crew

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DirectorCharles Chaplin

Details

Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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