Zach gets educated on the ways of Charlie Chaplin, and by the time his viewing of Modern Times ends, he comes to a realization that Stephen has been talking about for years.


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.

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Stephen Schleicher

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3 Comments

  1. Ron
    April 8, 2014 at 10:52 pm — Reply

    When Pickford, Fairbanks and Chaplin set up United Artists the pundits came up with the line “the lunatics are ib charge of the asylum”.

  2. Jason Burham
    January 2, 2015 at 1:28 am — Reply

    I know this is way late, but still catching up on these. I have a great (and relevant to this particular episode) idea for a short for Zach to watch for a future bonus content thing:
    “Inseperable”
    It’s a great silent film made very recently starring Benedict Cumberbatch and directed by Nick White. Only 11 minutes long and available on iTunes. Definitely worth checking out whether Zach reviews it or not.

    • January 2, 2015 at 10:59 am — Reply

      Thanks for the recommendation, Jason! I will certainly check it out

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