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II. CHARLIE CHAPLIN
III. THE MODERN TIMES
• The synopsis
• Mute and sound movie
• The work line scene
The " Modern Times " was released in 1936 and it was the last
silent film Chaplin. This film is often seen as one of the most
successful film of the famous filmmaker. It includes only a few
dialogue scenes, yet most of the movie is mute.
The film was released during the period between the two wars.
Economically, the United States and Europe are affected by economic
and social crisis, it's the stock market crash of October 1929 in New
York. At the political level, the peace that prevails in Europe is
threatened by the rise to power of totalitarian like Hitler in Germany.
Charlie Chaplin, born in April, 16th 1889. He was an
English comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the
silent era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his
screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the
most important figures of the film industry. His career
spanned more than 75 years, from a child in the Victorian
era to close to his death at the age of 88, in December,
25th 1977, and encompassed both adulation and
Charlie Chaplin comes from a poor background, his
mother was a singer and his father was comedian. Charlie
Chaplin began on stage at 5 years
and tourned in England as a pantomime.
He was spotted in the United States by the Keystone, a
firm specializing in slapstick. He created the character of
Charlot in 1914,he plays and runs countless short and
feature films. It was an instant success. He became the
highest paid artist in the world in 1916 and signs several
masterpieces: The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), The
Lights City (1931).
• The synopsis
A factory worker whose boss is
testing new techniques to improve
productivity, Charlot disrupts the
assembly line by the distraction.
Driven mad by the furious pace of
the machines, he was
After his release, he is mistaken
for a leader of demonstration and
stopped. Free, he met a young
orphan who steals food for not
starve. The two tramps go looking
for a job out of the misery.
• MuTe and sound Movie
Chaplin is not only the director of this work, he is also the writer and
producer and he is also the main actor of his generation . In this film,
he donned for the last time , the role of Charlie.
Charlie Chaplin began preparing the film in 1934, by imagining as
his first talking film. But ultimately disappointed with the result , he
decided to only incorporate sound effects, to monitor large increases
film at that time. The movie is in general mute, but some scenes
have sound, like the famous scene when he dances and sings.
In conclusion Chaplin performs the feat again related his passion
for cinema and ideas. Once again, he uses the camera to convey
his personal opinions, and denounce what for him is wrong in the
world of his time. It goes through the use of different
registers , the satirical comedy of course, but also
Consider Chaplin once again that laughter is a weapon
much more formidable than the talkies
denunciation. It conveys a real emotion
and reaches his audience with his great
acting. However, to keep its leading
position in the world of cinema that time,
he joined all the same to her film various
"Modern Times" is a film of transition to
speaking that will join Charlie Chaplin with
his next film “The Dictator" cinema.
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