Back to Work

Back to Work

4 Episodes

This Labor Day, celebrate—or commiserate—on your hard-earned day off with three brilliant comedies that find humor in the contradictions and complications of the modern industrial workplace. Featuring Alec Guinness as an idealistic inventor going up against the Man, Jacques Tati’s Monsieur Hulot as an old-fashioned gent beset by newfangled consumerism, and Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp as a cog literally stuck in the machinery of modern life, these films celebrate the spirit and decency of the hardworking little guy.

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Back to Work
  • Back to Work Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Modern Times

    Episode 2

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1936 • United States

    Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin's last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard). With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sl...

  • The Man in the White Suit

    Episode 3

    Directed by Alexander Mackendrick • 1951 • United Kingdom
    Starring Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker

    A young laboratory assistant in a textile mill infuriates management and labor when he invents an indestructible, stain-resistant fabric and tries to put it on the market. One of the...

  • Mon oncle

    Episode 4

    Directed by Jacques Tati • 1958 • France, Italy

    Slapstick prevails again when Jacques Tati's eccentric, old-fashioned hero, Monsieur Hulot, is set loose in Villa Arpel, the geometric, oppressively ultramodern home of his brother-in-law, and in the antiseptic plastic hose factory where he gets a ...