Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Produced by Charlie Chaplin
Written by Charlie Chaplin & Paulette Goddard (uncredited)
Starring Charlie Chaplin
Music by Charlie Chaplin
Cinematography Ira H. Morgan & Roland Totheroh
Editing by Williard Nico
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) February 5, 1936
Running time 87 minutes
Country United States
Modern Times was Chaplin’s final ‘silent’ film. Although it does feature some sounds and voices and even a (nonsensical) song from the little Tramp it is essentially a silent film. It is also a very brilliant film and is very funny. A Lot of the comedy has to do with the mechanisation of the modern world, and there is the iconic scene where Charlie goes through the giant cogs of the machine, but the funniest stuff has to do with the element of hunger and food. The scene where Charlie eats his lunch with the aid of the eating machine at the start of the film is funny, as is the scene where the Tramp has to feed his co-worker who has become trapped in the machine thanks to Charlie.
I also think that Paulette Goddard is very good in the film as the Gamin (whatever that is), as well as being very beautiful. I especially liked her feisty performance.
The film is perhaps Chaplin’s most critically acclaimed film and whilst I do enjoy it a lot I probably like City Lights and The Circus a little bit more.