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This episodic satire of the Machine Age is considered Charles Chaplin's last "silent" film, although Chaplin uses sound, vocal, and musical effects throughout. Chaplin stars as an assembly-line worker driven insane by the monotony of his job. After a long spell in an asylum, he searches for work, only to be mistakenly arrested as a Red agitator. Released after foiling a prison break, Chaplin makes the acquaintance of orphaned gamine (Paulette Goddard) and becomes her friend and protector. He takes on several new jobs for her benefit, but every job ends with a quick dismissal and yet another jail term. During one of his incarcerations, she is hired to dance at a nightclub and arranges for him to be hired there as a singing waiter. He proves an enormous success, but they are both forced to flee their jobs when the orphanage officials show up to claim the girl. Dispirited, she moans, "What's the use of trying?" But the ever-resourceful Chaplin tells her to never say die, and our last image is of Chaplin and The Gamine strolling down a California highway towards new adventures. The plotline of Modern Times is as loosely constructed as any of Chaplin's pre-1915 short subjects, permitting ample space for several of the comedian's most memorable routines: the "automated feeding machine," a nocturnal roller-skating episode, and Chaplin's double-talk song rendition in the nightclub sequence. In addition to producing, directing, writing, and starring in Modern Times, Chaplin also composed its theme song, "Smile," which would later be adopted as Jerry Lewis' signature tune.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2010
UPC: 0715515064712
Original Release: 1936
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:27:00
Sales rank: 5,271

Special Features

New, restored 2K-resolution digital transfer, created in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; New audio commentary by Charlie Chaplin biographer David Robinson; Two new visual essays, by Chaplin historians John Bengtson and Jeffrey Vance; New program on the film's visual and sound effects, with experts Craig Barron and Ben Burtt; Interview from 1992 with Modern Times music arranger David Raksin, plus a selection from the film's original orchestral track; Two segments cut from the film; All at Sea (1933), a home movie by Alistair Cooke featuring Chaplin and actress Paulette Goddard, with a new score by Donald Sosin and new interview with Cooke's daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge; The Rink (1916), a Chaplin two-reeler; For the First Tim (1967), a short Cuban documentary about first-time moviegoers seeing Modern Times; Chaplin Today: "Modern Times" (2003), a program with filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne; Three theatrical trailers; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Saul Austerlitz and a piece by film scholar Lisa Stein that includes excerpts from Chaplin's writing about his 1930s world tour

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Chaplin Worker
Paulette Goddard Gamine
Henry Bergman Cafe Owner
Chester Conklin Mechanic
Hank Mann Burglar
Louis Natheaux Burglar
Allan Garcia President of a Steel Corporation
Richard Alexander Convict
Edward M. Kimball Actor
Jack Low Worker
Cecil Reynolds Prison Chaplain
Juana Sutton Woman with Buttoned Bosom
Norman Ainsley Actor
Bobby Barber Worker
Stanley Blystone Sheriff Couler
Gloria DeHaven Gamin's Sister
Chuck Hamilton Worker
Lloyd Ingraham Prison Governor
Walter James Assembly Line Foreman
Edward J. Le Saint Sheriff Conlon
Wilfred Lucas Juvenile Officer
Murdock MacQuarrie J. Widdecombe Biddle
Fred Malatesta Waiter
Mira McKinney Minister's Wife
Frank Moran Convict
James C. Morton Assembly Worker
Ted Oliver Biddle's assistant
John Rand Convict
Sammy Stein Turbine Operator
Harry Wilson Worker
Charles "Heinie" Conklin Workman
Frank S. Hagney Shipbuilder
Stanley "Tiny" Sandford Burglar

Technical Credits
Charles Chaplin Director,Score Composer,Producer,Screenwriter
Henry Bergman Asst. Director
Charles Hall Production Designer
Ira Morgan Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
David Raksin Musical Arrangement
Russell J. Spencer Production Designer
Roland H. "Rollie" Totheroh Cinematographer

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Modern Times 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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I love this movie! It is a movie my whole family can sit down and enjoy! It holds my six year old brother's attention for the whole entire movie. Charlie Chaplin was and still is one of the funniest people who ever lived. He should be number one on everyone's list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ordered this DVD over a month ago and it still has not shipped even though it continues to say "Usually Ships in 24 Hours."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this movie for anyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barnes and Noble is continuing to show this is available on their website as a preorder. They cancelled my order stating they couldn't get it from their supplier. Criterion indicates they still intend to release this on November 16. Good luck!