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Modern Times

Title: Modern Times
Directed by:
Charlie Chaplin
Written by:
Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard
Year: 1936

My impression of the great, old (let’s say at least fifty years old) classics is on the whole extremely good. They have qualities which survive generation after generation, and show that their directors, actors and writers have something genuinely valuable to show. Thus, it’s a bit sad that Charlie Chaplin with his Modern Times manages to completely wreck this trend. I don’t know why this film is so highly regarded as it apparently is; I think it was a waste of time watching it.

The plot is set during the Great Depression and focuses on its effects and causes on the citizens of an American metropolis. This part of the film I can appreciate, but the big problem is that the film completely fails to amuse me, and comedies without humour is seldom a good idea. I won’t say that I’m completely immune to Chaplin’s body language (which is amazing), but it’s far, far from enough to support a full-length movie. I might have liked slapstick when I was ten, but alas, I’ve grown up. Modern Times makes me more convinced than ever that I should stay as far away as possible from any even remotely similar films.

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