One of the many remarkable things about Charlie Chaplin is that his films continue to hold up, to attract and delight audiences.

— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Modern Times

Film • Sep 3

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Director: Charlier Chaplin

Special Introduction by Mark Garrett Cooper, Director of Film & Media Studies, University of South Carolina

Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin’s last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard). With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sly commentary on class struggle during the Great Depression, Modern Times —though made almost a decade into the talkie era and containing moments of sound (even song!)—is a timeless showcase of Chaplin’s untouchable genius as a director of silent comedy.

Mark Garrett Cooper is Director and Professor of Film & Media Studies at USC, his books include Love Rules: Silent Hollywood and the Rise of the Managerial Class.

1936. USA. 89 minutes. Rated G
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