Rent Modern Times (1936)

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1h 23min
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The Little Tramp punches in and wigs out inside a factory where gizmos like an employee feeding machine may someday make the lunch hour last just 15 minutes. Bounced into the ranks of the unemployed, he teams with a street waif (Paulette Goddard) to pursue bliss and a paycheck, finding misadventures as a roller-skating night watchman, a singing waiter whose hilarious song is gibberish, a jailbird and more. In the end, as tramp and waif walk arm in arm into an insecure future we know they've found neither bliss nor a paycheck but, more importantly, each other. The times and satire remain timeless in 'Modern Times'.
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Charlie Chaplin
Charles Chaplin
Classics, Comedy
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Release Date:
Run Time:
83 minutes
English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
  • 'Chaplin Today - Modern Times': a documentary by Philippe Truffault with the participation of Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (26 mins)
  • Introduction by David Robinson: Chaplin's biographer sets the film in its historical and cinematic context (6 mins)
  • Deleted Scenes: Charlie's nonsense song in its complete version, and more! (5 mins)
  • Karaoke: the mystery of Charlie's nonsense song solved in its karaoke version (3 mins)
  • 'Smile' by Liberace (1956): Chaplin's most famous theme song from 'Modern Times', sung by Liberace (4 mins)
  • 'Behind the Scenes in the Machine Age (1931): U.S. government-sponsored educational film: a hymn to assembly line labour in the United States in the 1930's (42 mins)
  • 'Symphony in F' (1940): a ponderous musical film commissioned by Ford whose assembly line inspired 'Modern Times' (9 mins)
  • 'Por Primera Vez/For the First Time' (1967): a Cuban documentary short on the reaction of peasants while watching their first movie, thanks to a travelling projectionist showing 'Modern Times' (10 mins)
  • Photo Gallery: 250 Production Stills, Deleted Scenes and Preparatory Sketches
  • Poster Gallery
  • Scenes from the films in the Chaplin Collection (23 mins)
  • Theatrical Trailers (6 mins)
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the special features
Release Date:
Run Time:
87 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, English DTS-HD High Resolution 5.1, Silent
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
  • Introduction by David Robinson (6 mins)
  • Chaplin Today: Modern Times - Documentary (26 mins)
  • Deleted Scenes (5 mins)
  • Chaplin Karaoke (3 mins)
  • Photo Gallery
  • Chaplin Trailer Reel

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Reviews (3) of Modern Times

Part silent - Modern Times review by JD

Spoiler Alert

This is generally a silent comedy though there are a few written story board type conversations and some speech when synchronisation is not critical such as the radio. There is a scene when Chaplin accidentally finds some cocaine and thinking it is a food additive rubs it on his gums and then knocks unconscious some prison inmates in a drug fuelled frenzy. I don't think that the censor board would be keen on that now. The slap stick is good, the romance a bit clichéd, the comedy mediocre.

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Black and white silent slapstick of the earlyish 1900s. - Modern Times review by VP

Spoiler Alert

This film is given some background in the commentary given on the DVD. This briefly explains the situation in the 1920's, which is, I believe, the time the film is about, and also gives further information on Charles Chaplin himself. It is enjoyable as a light entertainment after seeing too many of the usual story lines from Hollywood.

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A must see - Modern Times review by CW

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Modern Times is arguably the best of the Charlie Chaplin Little Ttamp movies. As with his other films, he wrote, directed, produced, omposed the music and starred. There are the familiar and brilliant shots of him going through the cogs of the giant factory machines. Paulette Goddard who was his partner and muse for 10 years plays a feisty orphan survivor who becomes his friend and fellow traveler in life. There are startling scenes, including archival news footage of lines of unemployed , bread lines and people protesting unemployment. One scene has The Little Tramp dancing and singing a delightful song that he acts out. It is the only time Chaplin spoke in a movie. The movie is delightful and heartbreaking as you see them refuse to give up hope. Watching the special features I learned that Chaplin traveled to other countries meeting leaders including Ghandi to discuss employment. He believed that machines should be to enable people to lead better lives, not to take over jobs. Modern Times gives messages that are important for our own times.

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