Greatest Movies Through 1960

Best Movies Compiled From Many Sources

Modern Times (1936)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1936

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87 min – View video trailer

Director: Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

IMDB 8.5 / Amazon 4.8 / MRQE 96 / Decent Films A
Zagat Overall 28, Acting 26, Story 26, Production 25

Ranked #21 Greatest Movies Through 1960, included in 17 of 41 lists of greatest movies

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. IMDB rating 8.5 from over 57,555 users

Zagat summary snippet: There’s little dialogue, but Chaplin’s heartwarming performance and sharp swipes at the age of technology transcend words… a must-see in THESE times.

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. Amazon 4.8 stars from over 89 users

The most important reason for the film’s ongoing relevance is its contemporary themes and forward-looking perspective. The famous symbolic opening shot, with footage of wave after wave of sheep crowding through a sheepfold passageway suddenly dissolving into footage of workers bustling out of a subway station, has lost nothing of its impact. Decent Films A rating and 4 stars Artistic/Entertainment value for Kids & Up

We have to remind ourselves how prescient this movie was. To us, it may not be surprising that the boss watches the workers on screen, but this was before the invention of television–and more than a decade before the publication of Orwell’s 1984. BeliefNet Movie Mom A+ rating, content advisory: Profanity: none, Nudity/Sex: none, Violence/Scariness: none, Alcohol/Drugs: cocaine accidentally ingested

MRQE gave it 96% rating with links to more than 55 reviews.

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