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Modern Times (1936) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

201

Avg. Rating:

3.21/4

# of Ratings:

166

Genres:

Comedy, Romance

Rating:

NR

Language:

English

Theater Date:

02/05/1936

DVD Release:

11/16/2010

Director:

Charles Chaplin

Actors:

Charles Chaplin
Paulette Goddard
Henry Bergman
Tiny Sandford
Al Ernest Garcia
Stanley Blystone

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

A man who struggles with life is struggling to get along in the industrial society. He finds help when he meets a homeless woman.

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Mark 08/28/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

fantastic all the way through. a new all-time favorite. chaplin and goddard are wonderful. second favorite scene: when the worker sings and dances at the nightclub. my favorite scene: easy, the ending and what an ending,if it doesn't make you even a little weepy, you ain't human..........

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Snoogans 02/23/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

Features great speedy and snappy slapstick. The story manages some subtle commentary on industrialism and it's effect on the working class citizen. It does so through sly visuals, some of which are present in the comedic scenes. Chaplin works his usual narrative formula in an era of talkies by smartly incorporating sound cues and the occasional spoken dialogue. The thematic combination proves to be one of his most memorably entertaining. An upbeat spirit triumphs in the end.

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Ryan Stephen M 04/14/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

Like many others, this is one of my favorite Charlie Chaplin movies.

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Gabe 02/21/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

Chaplin defied Hollywood to make a silent film in 1936. Like all of us working stiffs, I sometimes don't understand society either. It's the heart of the Depression and all anyone wanted was work, so when the factories open up, mobs of people show up to get a job. But, that same day the workers apparently wanted more that a job, so they go on strike. What? But, this is how we work. It also shows how society views are legal system. That prisoners are treated better than the non-criminals. During the Depression, people wanted to go to jail, that way they knew that they were going to be fed 3 meals a day and have a roof over their head. But those on the outside struggled everyday just to stay alive. Modern Times indeed.

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Daniel Corleone 01/31/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

Some scenes were a bit exaggerated and one scene had people sitting in the café and then when Chaplin and the girl were chased they were suddenly empty chairs. The eating machine was innovative and the roller skating sequence was breathtaking. It showcased the singing talents of Charlie Chaplin. It had a hopeful conclusion despite all the chases and somewhat depressing themes of loss, unemployment and being in the other side of the law. Modern Times is still a good comedy with elements of love, staying hopeful and working hard.

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01/14/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Buck up - never say die. We'll get along.

One of the many remarkable things about Charlie Chaplin is that his films continue to hold up, to attract and delight audiences. His name is enshrined among the greatest geniuses of film.

Chaplin's foreword to his picture was dangerously meaningful. "'Modern Times,'" it reads, "is a story of industry, of individual enterprise—humanity crusading in the pursuit of happiness."

We should prefer to describe "Modern Times" as the story of the little clown, temporarily caught up in the cogs of an industry geared to mass production, spun through a three-ring circus and out into a world as remote from industrial and class problems as a comedy can make it.

With "Modern Times," a fable about (among other things) automation, assembly lines and the enslaving of man by machines, he hit upon ...

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