Modern Times*

  • 1936 ----- b & w ----- 89 min ----- laserdisc///
  • (Directed by Charles Chaplin; with Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard) Influenced by Rene Clair's A Nous la Liberte, Chaplin opens the film with a satire on the dehumanizing effects of technology. . . , but Chaplin is far more basic and sadistic than Clair. As a worker on an assembly line, Charlie the tramp is run through the gears of a huge machine and is force-fed by an experimental, time-saving contraption that splashes soup in his face and shoves corn on the cob into his mouth. . . . The picture is about the social disorders of the 30s, and there are clashes between the unemployed and the police, and a gag about a Communist demonstration,yet it's one of the happiest and most lighthearted of Chaplin pictures. . . . --Pauline Kael [Additional special added features on the fourth side bring the total playing time to 103 min.] (Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Industry, Motion Pictures: Features, Motion Pictures: History, Motion Pictures: Comedy, Motion Study, Automation)