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Modern Times1936

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  • 4.8
Charlie Chaplin's last outing as the Little Tramp in MODERN TIMES, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine. 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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GAG-LICIOUS, perfect Chaplin. Lots of sight gags and hijinks prefigure later familiar stuff like Dick Van Dyke tumping over his ottoman and even a prefiguring if not inspiration of Michael Jackson's Moonwalk moves and a gibberish song prefiguring Chaplin's gibberish speech as The Little Dictator. MODERN TIMES could be called POSTMODERN TIMES with ease and no changes at all. The gi-normous monster steel factory dystopia machine is a main character and it is the same in 2015, only Dilbert cubicles and NSFW lol. Don't need to add iPhones, microwaves, Xboxes, or any other GottaHavIt 2015 technology. It is all here. Of course, Ecclesiastes also says that 'there is nothing new under the sun' so THERE! And check out the Steel Company Prez and his early-day NSA Big Brother well before Orwell. The blurb calls the film 'sly commentary on class struggle during the Great Depression' and I don't know if it is so sly, but certainly sly enuf to be "PASSED BY THE BOARD OF REVIEW" whatevah THAT was. Good CommiePinkoSocialistZapatista stuff to make one laugh and think and finally take Bernie Sanders and labor unions seriously. Oh, and da copz are the same. They are ALWAYS the same.