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August 02, 2006

Modern Times - 7

This is Charlie Chaplin's commentary on 1930's America. This film is also less of a silent film than his other films - there are some sound effects, while the main dialogue is written on the screen as usual. The film deals with unemployment, and the alienation of factory work. There are some really funny gags in the film, like how the machinery works, as well as the feeding machine. If you thought that fart jokes started with Dumb and Dumber...well they are in this film (1936). Chaplin's physical comedy is indeed genius and this film is ahead of its time story-wise, and excellent entertainment.

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