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
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.