Modern Times [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1936]

  • SKU: 4038383
  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • Rating: G
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Special Features

  • New, restored 2K-resolution digital transfer, created in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by Charlie Chaplin biographer David Robinson
  • Two new visual essays, by Chaplin historians John Bengtson and Jeffrey Vance
  • New program on the film's visual and sound effects, with experts Craig Barron and Ben Burtt
  • Interview from 1992 with Modern Times music arranger David Raksin, plus a selection from the film's original orchestral track
  • Two segments cut from the film
  • All at Sea (1933), a home movie by Alistair Cooke featuring Chaplin and actress Paulette Goddard, with a new score by Donald Sosin and new interview with Cooke's daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge
  • The Rink (1916), a Chaplin two-reeler
  • For the First Tim (1967), a short Cuban documentary about first-time moviegoers seeing Modern Times
  • Chaplin Today: "Modern Times" (2003), a program with filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
  • Three theatrical trailers
  • Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Saul Austerlitz and a piece by film scholar Lisa Stein that includes excerpts from Chaplin's writing about his 1930s world tour

Synopsis

Modern Times
This episodic satire of the Machine Age is considered Charles Chaplin's last "silent" film, although Chaplin uses sound, vocal, and musical effects throughout. Chaplin stars as an assembly-line worker driven insane by the monotony of his job. After a long spell in an asylum, he searches for work, only to be mistakenly arrested as a Red agitator. Released after foiling a prison break, Chaplin makes the acquaintance of orphaned gamine (Paulette Goddard) and becomes her friend and protector. He takes on several new jobs for her benefit, but every job ends with a quick dismissal and yet another jail term. During one of his incarcerations, she is hired to dance at a nightclub and arranges for him to be hired there as a singing waiter. He proves an enormous success, but they are both forced to flee their jobs when the orphanage officials show up to claim the girl. Dispirited, she moans, "What's the use of trying?" But the ever-resourceful Chaplin tells her to never say die, and our last image is of Chaplin and The Gamine strolling down a California highway towards new adventures. The plotline of Modern Times is as loosely constructed as any of Chaplin's pre-1915 short subjects, permitting ample space for several of the comedian's most memorable routines: the "automated feeding machine," a nocturnal roller-skating episode, and Chaplin's double-talk song rendition in the nightclub sequence. In addition to producing, directing, writing, and starring in Modern Times, Chaplin also composed its theme song, Smile, which would later be adopted as Jerry Lewis' signature tune. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Charles Chaplin
    Charles Chaplin - Worker
  • Paulette Goddard
    Paulette Goddard - Gamine
  • Henry Bergman
    Henry Bergman - Cafe Owner
  • Chester Conklin
    Chester Conklin - Mechanic
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    Hank Mann - Burglar

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