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Encyclopedia > Modern Times (film)
Modern Times
Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Produced by Charlie Chaplin
Written by Charlie Chaplin
Starring Charlie Chaplin
Paulette Goddard
Henry Bergman
Stanley Sandford
Chester Conklin
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) February 5, 1936 (USA)
Running time 87 min.
Country USA
Language English
Budget $1,500,000 US (est.)
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Modern Times is a 1936 film by Charlie Chaplin that has his famous Little Tramp character struggling to survive in the modern, industrialized world. The film is a comment on the desperate employment and fiscal conditions many people faced during the Great Depression, conditions created, in Chaplin's view, by the efficiencies of modern industrialization. The movie stars Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley Sandford and Chester Conklin. It was written and directed by Chaplin, and marked the final screen appearance of the iconic Tramp character. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (525x790, 155 KB) Poster for Charlie Chaplins 1936 film Modern Times. ... “Charles Chaplin” redirects here. ... Paulette Goddard (June 3, 1910 – April 23, 1990) was an Oscar-nominated American film and theatre actress. ... Henry Bergman (February 23, 1868 - October 22, 1946) was an American actor of stage and film. ... Stanley Tiny Sandford (February 26, 1894–October 29, 1961) was a burly actor who starred in Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin films. ... Chester Conklin, 1916 Chester Cooper Conklin (January 11, 1886 - October 11, 1971) was an American comedian and actor. ... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... February 5 is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... “Charles Chaplin” redirects here. ... Chaplin in his costume as The Tramp The Tramp was Charlie Chaplins most memorable on-screen character. ... The Great Depression was a worldwide economic downturn which started in October of 1929 and lasted through most of the 1930s. ... “Charles Chaplin” redirects here. ... Paulette Goddard (June 3, 1910 – April 23, 1990) was an Oscar-nominated American film and theatre actress. ... Henry Bergman (February 23, 1868 - October 22, 1946) was an American actor of stage and film. ... Stanley Tiny Sandford (February 26, 1894–October 29, 1961) was a burly actor who starred in Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin films. ... Chester Conklin, 1916 Chester Cooper Conklin (January 11, 1886 - October 11, 1971) was an American comedian and actor. ...

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Plot

Chaplin is fed by a machine.
Chaplin is fed by a machine.

Modern Times sees Charlie Chaplin in the role of a factory worker, employed at an assembly line. After being force-fed by a machine during an experimentation and constant overworking of screwing pieces of machinery, he suffers a mental breakdown and is sent to a hospital. Following his recovery the now unemployed worker is arrested for supposedly leading a Communist demonstration, when he simply picks up a flag dropped by a car and police believe him to be communist leader, leading a rally. In jail, when he accidentally eats "snuff" believing it to be salt, he walks into a jailbreak and knocks out the convicts. Hailed a hero, he is released. Image File history File links CharlieChaplinTheModernTimes2. ... Image File history File links CharlieChaplinTheModernTimes2. ... This article is about communism as a form of society and as a political movement. ...


Outside the jail, he discovers life is harsh, and attempts to get arrested after failing to get a decent job. Soon he runs into an orphan girl gamine who was fleeing away from police after stealing a loaf of bread. To save the girl he tells police that he has stolen the loaf and is ought to be arrested. However, another witness reveals to the police that he is not the thief. The worker goes into a cafeteria and doesn't pay for an enormous amount of food he eats to get arrested. He meets up with the gamin in the paddy wagon which crashes, and they escape. Dreaming of a better life, he gets a job as a night watchman at a department store, and sneaks her into the store, and even lets burglars have some food. Waking up the next morning in a pile of clothes gets him arrested once more. This page is a candidate to be copied to Wiktionary. ... A paddy wagon is a vehicle used by police to transport large groups of people who have been arrested. ...


Ten days later, the gamin takes him to a new home, which she admits "isn't Buckingham Palace" but will do. The next morning, the worker reads of a new factory and grabs a job. There he helps to get his boss out of machinery, before another strike. Accidentally paddling a brick into a policeman, he is arrested again. Two weeks later, he comes out of jail and learns the gamine is a cafe dancer, and she tries to get him a job as a singer. By night time, he becomes an efficient waiter though he finds it difficult telling the difference between the "in" and "out" doors to the kitchen as well as delivering a roasted duck. Losing one of his cuff links with lyrics written on, he improvises a song. When juvenile officers come to arrest the gamin for escaping from them earlier, he and she escape. On the road at dawn, they walk towards an uncertain but hopeful future. Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial. ...

Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard in "Modern Times" (1936)
Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard in "Modern Times" (1936)

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Cast

“Charles Chaplin” redirects here. ... Paulette Goddard (June 3, 1910 – April 23, 1990) was an Oscar-nominated American film and theatre actress. ... This page is a candidate to be copied to Wiktionary. ... Henry Bergman (February 23, 1868 - October 22, 1946) was an American actor of stage and film. ... Chester Conklin, 1916 Chester Cooper Conklin (January 11, 1886 - October 11, 1971) was an American comedian and actor. ... Stanley Tiny Sandford (February 26, 1894–October 29, 1961) was a burly actor who starred in Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin films. ... Hank Mann (b. ...

Production

Chaplin began preparing the film in 1934 as his first "talkie", and went as far as writing a dialogue script and experimenting with some sound scenes. However, he soon abandoned these attempts and reverted to a silent format with synchronized sound effects. The dialogue experiments confirmed his long-standing conviction that the universal appeal of the Tramp would be lost if the character ever spoke on screen, and indeed this film marks the Tramp's final screen appearance. Most of the film was shot at "silent speed", 18 frames per second, which when projected at "sound speed", 24 frames per second, makes the slapstick action appear even more frenetic. Available prints of the film now correct this. “Charles Chaplin” redirects here. ... “Charles Chaplin” redirects here. ... “Charles Chaplin” redirects here. ...


Although not a "Talkie," Modern Times does include a synchronized sound track featuring foley effects, music, singers, and voices coming from radios, loudspeakers, and a Telescreen in the washroom. Towards the end of the film the Little Tramp's voice is heard for the first time as he ad-libs pseudo-French and Italian gibberish to the tune of Léo Daniderff's popular song, Je cherche après Titine. A sound film (or talkie) is a motion picture with synchronized sound, as opposed to a silent movie. ... The Foley artist on a film crew is the person who creates and records many of the natural, everyday sound effects in a film, in contrast to the production of special (audio) effects, which is generally left to the sound designer. ... Big Brothers face looms on giant telescreens in Victory Square Telescreens are featured in George Orwells novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. ... Léo Daniderff was a French composer of the pre-WWII area, possibly of foreign descent. ...


Music

The music score was composed by Chaplin himself, and arranged with the assistance of Alfred Newman. The romance theme was later given lyrics, and became the pop standard "Smile", first recorded by Nat King Cole and later covered by such artists as Michael Jackson, Liberace and Judy Garland. Alfred Newman (March 17, 1900 – February 17, 1970) was a major American composer of music for films. ... Smile is a pop song, originally used in the soundtrack for the 1936 Charlie Chaplin movie Modern Times. ... Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) was a popular American singer, songwriter, and jazz pianist. ... For other people named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ... Liberace shows off his rings (circa 1980). ... Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an Oscar-nominated American film actress, considered by many to be one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywoods Golden Era of musical film, best known for her role as Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of...


Reception

Modern Times is often hailed as one of Chaplin's greatest achievements, and it remains one of his more popular films. The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. The iconic depiction of Chaplin working frantically to keep up with an assembly line inspired later comedy routines including Disney's Der Fuehrer's Face and an episode of I Love Lucy titled "Lucy in the Candy Factory." The Great Hall interior. ... The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ... Sheet music for the title song. ... I Love Lucy, a CBS television sitcom that aired in the 1950s, was the most popular American sitcom of its generation and an unprecedented phenomenon -- in its second season, for example, its average ratings were a never-surpassed record of nearly seventy percent, compared to about 30 percent for the...


This was Chaplin's first overtly political-themed film, and its unflattering portayal of industrial society generated controversy in some quarters upon its initial release. However, the political aspects of the film are secondary to the brilliant comic and human elements, and modern audiences often overlook the Great Depression-Era politics. The Great Depression was a worldwide economic downturn which started in October of 1929 and lasted through most of the 1930s. ...


See also

This is a list of United States comedy films. ... À nous la liberté is a 1931 film by René Clair concerning the escape of a convict and his subsequent rise up the industrial ladder. ...

External links


The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about motion pictures, actors, movie stars, TV shows, TV stars, production crew personnel, movie pictures, cast, crew as well as video games. ...

The Films of Charlie Chaplin

The Mack Sennett Comedies: Kid Auto Races at Venice “Charles Chaplin” redirects here. ... Kid Auto Races At Venice is 1914 Charlie Chaplin film in which his Tramp character makes a first appearance. ...

The Chaplin-Mutual Comedies: The Floorwalker, The Fireman, The Vagabond, One A.M., The Count, The Pawnshop, Behind the Screen, The Rink, Easy Street, The Cure, The Immigrant, The Adventurer The Floorwalker was Charlie Chaplins first Mutual Film Company made in 1916. ... The Fireman was the second film Charlie Chaplin created for Mutual Films in 1916. ... The Vagabond was Chaplins third film with Mutual Films. ... One A.M. was an unique Charlie Chaplin film created for Mutual Films in 1916. ... The Count was Charlie Chaplins fifth film for Mutual Films in 1916. ... The Pawnshop was Chaplins sixth film for Mutual Film Company. ... Behind the Screen is a 1916 short film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin, who also starred along with Eric Campbell and Edna Purviance. ... The Rink, a silent film from 1916, was Charlie Chaplins 8th film for Mutual Films. ... Easy Street is a 1917 short comedy film by Charlie Chaplin. ... The Cure is a 1917 short comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin. ... The Immigrant (also called Broke) is a 1917 short comedy film starring the Charlie Chaplin Little Tramp character as an immigrant coming to the United States who is accused of theft on the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, and befriends a young woman along the way. ... Italic textThe AdventurerItalic text was a film made in 1917 by Charlie Chaplin. ...

Feature-length films: Tillie's Punctured Romance, The Kid, A Woman of Paris, The Gold Rush, The Circus, City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, Monsieur Verdoux, Limelight, A King in New York, A Countess from Hong Kong Title card for the beginning of the film Cast Description of Charlie Chaplins character Description of Marie Dresslers character The moving picture Chaplin and his girlfriend see, labeled a farce comedy but shown as a morality play. ... Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in The Kid The Kid is a 1921 Charlie Chaplin film. ... A Woman of Paris is a feature-length silent film that debuted in 1923. ... The Gold Rush is a 1925 silent film comedy written, directed, and starring Charlie Chaplin in his Little Tramp role. ... The Circus is a 1928 silent film which finds Charlie Chaplins Little Tramp character being chased by a police officer at a circus. ... City Lights is a 1931 film written by, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin. ... The Great Dictator is a film directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin. ... Monsieur Verdoux is a film by Charles Chaplin that debuted in 1947. ... Limelight is a 1952 film written, directed by and starring Charles Chaplin, co-starring Claire Bloom, with a guest appearance by Buster Keaton. ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ... A Countess from Hong Kong was a 1967 comedy film and the last film directed by Charlie Chaplin. ...

Other films: The New Janitor, Chaplin The New Janitor was the 27th comedy from Keystone to feature Charlie Chaplin. ... Chaplin is a 1992 semi-biographical film about the life of Charles Chaplin. ...

Stock company: Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Albert Austin, Henry Bergman Edna Purviance on the cover of Photoplay magazine Edna Purviance (October 21, 1895 – January 11, 1958) was an American actress during the silent movie era. ... Alfred Eric Campbell (26 April 1878, Dunoon - 20 December 1917, Hollywood) was a Scottish silent film star, who was featured in eleven films starring Charlie Chaplin. ... Albert Austin (13 December 1881 or 1885 - 17 August 1953) was an actor, film star, director and script writer, primarily in the days of silent movies. ... Henry Bergman (February 23, 1868 - October 22, 1946) was an American actor of stage and film. ...


 
 

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