Modern Times

Modern Times

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 sly commentary on class struggle during the Great Depression, Modern Times, though made almost a decade into the talkie era and containing moments of sound (even song!), is a timeless showcase of Chaplin's untouchable genius as a director of silent comedy.

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Modern Times
  • Modern Times

    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...

Extras

  • MODERN TIMES: A Closer Look

    In this 2010 visual essay, Chaplin historian Jeffrey Vance, author of “Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema,” draws from a wealth of production photography to discuss the making of MODERN TIMES.

  • A Bucket of Water and a Glass Matte

    In this 2010 program, Craig Barron and Ben Burtt, leading experts in the fields of visual and sound effects, respectively, discuss the techniques used and choices made by Charlie Chaplin and his crew on MODERN TIMES.

  • Silent Traces: MODERN TIMES

    In this 2010 visual essay, John Bengtson, author of “Silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin,” tours the locations used in MODERN TIMES through photographs, vintage maps, and film clips, revealing what Chaplin’s camera captured of the backdrop to the silent...

  • David Raskin and the Score

    In this 1992 interview, film and television composer David Raksin, best remembered for his theme music for the film LAURA (1944), recalls the four months he spent with Charlie Chaplin arranging the music for MODERN TIMES. Also presented is a nine-minute piece of the original orchestral track, fro...

  • For the First Time

    In 1967, Cuban documentary filmmaker Octavio Cortazar followed a projectionist whose mission was to show moving pictures to rural communities for the first time. Cortazar’s short film, presented here, documents one audience’s response to its first film: Chaplin’s MODERN TIMES.

  • Chaplin Today: MODERN TIMES

    This documentary, produced by Philippe Truffault in 2003, places MODERN TIMES in historical context and includes the personal observations of filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

  • Susan Cooke Kittredge on ALL AT SEA

    The following interview with Susan Cooke, Alistair Cooke’s daugher, was filmed in 2010.

  • The Rink

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1916 • United States

    THE RINK, the eighth of twelve films Charlie Chaplin made for the Mutual Film Corporation, premiered in December 1916. In this popular two-reeler, Chaplin, as the Tramp, plays a waiter with unique tableside skills. It’s at the roller-skating rin...

  • All at Sea

    ALL AT SEA is a home movie by Alistair Cooke featuring Chaplin and actress Paulette Goddard, presented with a score by Donald Sosin.

  • Outtake: Crossing the Street

  • Outtake: The Tramp's Song

  • French Theatrical Trailer

  • German Theatrical Trailer