Thursdays at the Museum: Film - Modern Times

(USA/1936—directed by Charles Chaplin)

Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times – a daring romantic comedy about working class struggle and inequity during the Great Depression – feels every bit as relevant and moving in this century as it did in the last. Modern Times pushes boundaries in every way – it’s primarily a silent film (though with a synchronized Chaplin score that includes the melody “Smile,” as well as a startling comic song from Charlie near the end) yet it was made and successfully released almost a decade after sound came to the movies. (87 minutes)

“A masterpiece. The opening sequence is possibly Chaplin’s greatest encounter with the twentieth century.”    - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader