Dir. Charlie Chaplin. USA, 1936. 1h 27m. Starring Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley Sandford, Chester Conklin, Hank Mann, Stanley Blystone.
Chaplin stars as an assembly-line worker driven insane by the monotony of his job. A slapstick skewering of industrialised America, Modern Times is as politically incisive as it is laugh-out-loud hilarious.
This film is part of our classics season to complement Modern Art Oxford exhibition Future Knowledge, which runs between 20 May—25 June 2017.
'Chaplin's political and philosophical naivety now seems as remarkable as his gift for pantomime.' Derek Adams, Time Out
'Do you have to be reminded that Chaplin is a master of pantomime? Time has not changed his genius.' Frank Nugent, New York Times