Modern Times (1936)

Feature Film | Comedy | USA | English | 1h27m
Dir: Charles Chaplin | Scr: Charles Chaplin | Ph: Ira Morgan & Rollie Totheroh | Mus: Charles Chaplin | Cast: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford, Chester Conklin, Hank Mann, Stanley Blystone, Allan Garcia

After suffering a nervous breakdown on the assembly line, a recently unemployed factory worker struggles to find his place in the world, and all but gives up on life when the prospect of a prison cell suddenly seems more appealing than his freedom. However, a chance meeting with a bare-footedly bedraggled waif reawakens his fight to survive, in Chaplin’s hilarious (mostly) silent comedy. Obvious but effective symbolism, charming performances, and some wonderfully inventive set-pieces combine to masterful effect.