Criterion Collection: Modern Times (1936) (Region 1 DVD)

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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 it's 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.

Product Details

Barcode
715515064811
Department
Movies & TV
Released
16 Nov 2010
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Comedy
Sub-genre
Comedy
Region
Region 1
Studio
Criterion
Runtime
87 min
Age Restriction
NR
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Modern Times
Tagline
He stands alone as the greatest entertainer of modern times! No one on earth can make you laugh as heartily or touch your heart as deeply...the whole world laughs, cries and thrills to his priceless genius!
Release Year
1936
Running Time
87 min
Silent
Yes
Color
B&W
Categories
Comedies / Classic / Essential Cinema / Recommended / Silent / Technology / Vintage / Dramas
Language
English
Country
United States of America
Budget
$1.5 million
US Box Office
$163.0 million
Ratings
IMDb
8.5
Rotten Tomatoes®
98% 95%
Metacritic
96
The Movie DB
83%
Overview
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.
Synopsis
Charlie Chaplin bid farewell to silent comedy with this funny and poignant masterpiece. Here Chaplin stars as a factory worker fed-up with the job and his tyrannical boss (who keeps an eye on all his employees via a big-brother TV monitor). When he meets and falls in love with an orphaned street waif, the two dream of a nice suburban existence...but the cops are never far behind, chasing the vagabond couple.
Notes
MODERN TIMES was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989.

Costar Henry Bergman also served as assistant director of this film.

This was Chaplin's final "silent film" (although he does sing a song consisting of some "nonsense syllables"); it was made when virtually all others had abandoned the form for sound. Because Chaplin had total financial control of his films, as well as a totally devoted audience, he could do exactly as he liked -- even if it wasn't in fashion.
Release Notes
Blu-ray Disc Features:
  • Note: 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
  • Full Frame - 1.33
Audio:
  • PCM Mono - English
Poster
Poster for Modern Times
Videos
Trailer
Modern Times 1936 Trailer | Charlie Chaplin
Featurette
Peter Bogdanovich on Charlie Chaplin Film MODERN TIMES
Cast & Crew
Director
Charlie Chaplin
Star
Henry Bergman / Stanley Blystone / Charlie Chaplin / Chester Conklin / Allan Garcia / Paulette Goddard / Hank Mann / Tiny Sandford
Co-Star
Al Ernest Garcia / Richard Alexander / Cecil Reynolds
Screenwriter
Charlie Chaplin
Composer
Charlie Chaplin / Alfred Newman
Producer
Charlie Chaplin
Director of Photography
Ira Morgan / Ira H. Morgan / Roland Totheroh / Rollie Totheroh
Editor
Charlie Chaplin / Willard Nico
Art Director
Charles D. Hall / J. Russell Spencer
Movie Critics
A.V. Club
"[Chaplin added] a layer of tart political commentary to sequence after sequence of inspired physical comedy." -- Grade: A
Scott Tobias (22 Dec 2010, )
Entertainment Weekly
"...[A] delight with its abundance of famously hilarious set pieces..."
Tim Purtell (18 Jul 2003, p.61)
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