Modern Times

The last appearance of the Chaplin tramp, before Hitler, Monsieur Verdoux and other personae took over. Antics and situations from the earliest shorts are revived in a narrative framework designed to portray 'humanity crusading in the pursuit of happiness', as the opening title puts it; the tramp faces the perils of factory machinery, poverty, starvation and Depression unrest - and just about survives. Chaplin's political and philosophical naivety now seems as remarkable as his gift for pantomime.

Release details

Duration: 85 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Charles Chaplin
Screenwriter: Charles Chaplin
Cast: Charles Chaplin
Paulette Goddard
Henry Bergman
Chester Conklin
Tiny Sanford
Allan Garcia
Hank Mann