Modern Times (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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Man vs. machine! And the winner is every comedy fan when Charlie Chaplin's Tramp confronts assembly-line woes in this classic chosen in 1998 as one of the American Film Institute's Top-100 American Films. The Little Tramp punches in and wigs out inside a factory where gizmos like an employee-feeding machine may someday make the lunch hour last just 15 minutes. Bounced into the ranks of the unemployed he teams with a street waif (Paulette Goddard) to pursue bliss and a paycheck finding misadventures as a roller-skating night watchman a singing waiter whose hilarious song is gibberish a jailbird and more. In the end as Tramp and waif walk arm and arm into an insecure future we know they've found neitherbliss nor a paycheck but more importantly each other. The times and satire remain timeless in Modern Times.Running Time: 83 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre:�COMEDY UPC:�085393765125
A "Chaplin Today" feature includes the penetrating observations of Belgian directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. Whimsically, there's a karaoke version of Chaplin's nonsense song (the first time his voice is heard in his films), plus a clip of Liberace crooning the famous Chaplin composition "Smile." A curious 10-minute Cuban film from 1967 records the reactions of villagers seeing a movie for the first time (it's Modern Times), and along with photo and poster galleries, the extras are somewhat padded out with two vintage promotional films about the machine age. --Robert Horton
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To the casual observer, this could be just a funny little story about an average guy (Chaplin), whose heart is in the right place, yet he doesn't seem to catch a break no matter where he goes or how hard he tries, and a young orphan girl (Paulette Goddard) who steals a loaf of bread and the little tramps heart all at the same time. But there is a dark side to this film, and if it wasn't for Chaplin's genius in physical comedy and satire, the film could have ended up too bleak to really be entertaining.
The movie is about two people who are trying make it in a world where all the odds seemed to be stacked against them. The music, written by Chaplin is very poignant. Here we hear the song, "Smile". As it is playing, you begin to hear the lyrics in your head. ("Smile though your heart is aching; Smile even though its breaking;) In spite of all the grey shaded areas, "Modern Times" is a story of hope; hope that can beat down despair. It is a genuine classic that deserves its position in film history.
My highest recommendation.
"In search of human happiness." -Charles Chaplin-
I have watched this film a few times and I never tire of watching it. There are just too many excellent sequences to mention and so you'll have to watch it yourself to truly appreciate the genius of Chaplin. Chaplin himself preferred "The Gold Rush" as his personal favourite film which is also a classic and while "City Lights" is also very good "Modern Times" for me is still overall his best silent film. Like Lang before him in "Metropolis" Chaplin shows how technology and innovation can only be helpful to humanity if compassion and common sense is used. Otherwise man becomes a slave to the machine instead of the other way around.
This is one of the best movies of all time and like any classic, I find myself enjoying it more every time I watch it. Excellent picture and sound quality, great bonus features and excellent content makes this an easy review.
Very highly recommended!
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