Zach on Film: Modern Times (1938)
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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