Modern Times

Edition no. 543

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Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
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.

Technical Specifications

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: English 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: 1
Discs: 2 Discs |  DVD-9

Supplements

  • 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 Charlie 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 Dardenne and Luc Dardenne
  • Three theatrical trailers
  • A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Saul Austerlitz and a new piece by film scholar Lisa Stein that includes excerpts from Charlie Chaplin’s writing about his 1930s world tour

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Release Credits

Artwork: Sam Smith

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