USA – 1936 – B&W – 87’
Direction: Charles Chaplin | Screenplay: Charles Chaplin | Cinematography: Ira H. Morgan, Roland Totheroh | Editing: Charles Chaplin, Willard Nico | Music: Charles Chaplin | Cast: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford, Chester Conklin, Stanley Blystone | Production: Charles Chaplin
Set against the backdrop of the great economic and stock market crash of 1929, the film is a commentary on the desperation to find work in a society plagued by unemployment and economic poverty. Chaplin, a worker in a large factory, works at a breakneck pace and tries to synchronize with the production line by tightening screws. When he meets a wanted orphan girl living on the street, he falls in love with her and with her he searches for happiness away from the urban nightmare of modern industrial society.
*"Modern Times" is the first film in which Chaplin's voice is heard for the first time.