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Modern Times

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Modern Times (1936)

Chaplin once again pleased me with an incredibly charming comedy! This film has some of the most entertaining comedy scenes I've ever witnessed and just like his other movies, it has a large portion of pathos.
Chaplin is the big star, but his leading girl, Paulette Goddard (who became his wife), also gives an exciting performance as the poor orphan girl. She certainly has one of the sweetest smiles in the history of cinema.

The movie starts with two stories. First of all there is the story of The Tramp character. He works in a factory, but he's affected by a mental breakdown, because of all the hard work and the pressure of his job. He goes completely nuts and they bring him to the madhouse.
When he's out, the police mistakes him for a communist leader, because he's accidentally running in front of a rebellion with a red flag and he ends up in jail.
In prison, he saves the guards from an assault, while he's accidentally on coke and after that, his stay in jail becomes rather pleasant. When he has to leave, he's unhappy, and he decides to get back into prison.
Meanwhile there is a young girl, who has to steal to survive. When her father is killed during a strike, her younger sisters are brought to an institution, but she escapes from the law.
A little bit later in the movie, the two stories come together and both the characters try to face the modern world together as a team...

This film has some of the best slapstick humor I've ever seen and some remarkable stunts. One of the best scenes is when The Tramp is rollerskating in the department store. It's amazing how much control Chaplin has over his own moving. This man was unbelievably talented! There where plenty of other great comedy scenes to enjoy in this film (The Tramp even sings at the end)!
The story of two outlaws trying to fit in the modern world, also grabs me. The film shows every person as a part of the machine that is society (sheeps). The two main characters are the only two looking for something more and are obviously not made for this emotionless and mechanical life. Their creativity and real talents surface at the end, but the law prevents them from living the life they want.
I loved every single bit of this movie and after much consideration I decided that it's equal to City Lights. I can't decide what's my absolute favorite Chaplin movie so far. I also rate this film: