Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin):
– Chaplin begins with an ironic commentary on the constitutional ideal of the “pursuit of
– The factory and machinery dominates the workers
– The tramp
– The gamin
– The big boss
– Big bill
– The sheriff
– Chaplin's comedy is based on exaggerating characteristics so as to draw attention to them
The Human and the Machine
– Chaplin has human needs (swat a fly, scratch and itch), but when he does, it slows production of
– He takes a break to go to the bathroom and smoke, but his boss sees and makes him go back to
– Chaplin is criticizing the machines in their various forms.
– Management is always watching and discipling any form of humanity or relaxation.
– Mechanized voice (The big boss) “barks orders”
The feeding machine
– The machine is designed to streamline the most human thing in the comedies, eating.
– Most of the Tramp's motivation comes from hunger.
– It's sold for it's efficiency, not for humanity
– Scene where they are in the prison and the drink the tea that makes their stomachs make weird
– He turns on the radio to drown out the sound “if you are suffering from gastritis...”
– Then he turns it off because he doesn't want to listen to the radio announcements
– Scene where the girl stea