“One of the many remarkable things about Charlie Chaplin is that his films continue to hold up, to attract and delight audiences” —Roger Ebert. And why shouldn’t they? Though rooted in the Industrial rather than the Digital Age, Chaplin’s satire of the anti-human wages of mechanization is equally relevant today—to say nothing of just plain belly-laugh hilarious. His last film as his defining “Little Tramp” character was made nine years past film’s Silent era ended, yet uses no dialog—but tons of sound—as Charlie’s everyman encounters a factory assembly line in which he has to impossibly tighten bolts, a gamine (Paulette Godard) whom he takes under his wing and, most hilariously, a mechanized eating machine he is strapped into and… well, not for nothing is Modern Times on virtually every list of the greatest movies ever made—and maybe at the top of funniest. G. 1936. 87 Min.
Screened as part of the ENERGY/EXHAUSTION 2019/2020 film series, Wednesdays at Railroad Square Cinema — 7:15 p.m. (Oct. – April). Presented by the Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities and Colby Cinema Studies.
FREE ADMISSION for anyone with a Colby College I.D. All others: regular admission prices apply.