Modern Times [1936] [Criterion] (DVD)

Charlie Chaplin

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2-Disc Set



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 its 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

  • Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Chester Conklin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley J. Sandford
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, DVD, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 543

Special Features

  • 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 Butt
  • 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 a new interview with Cooke’s daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge
  • The Rink (1916), a Chaplin two-reeler
  • For the First Time (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
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Saul Austerlitz and a new piece by film scholar Lisa Stein that includes excerpts from Chaplin’s writing about his 1930s world tour
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