Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: November 16, 2010
- Originally Released: 1936
- Label: Criterion
- Note: New, restored 2K-resolution digital transfer, created in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- New audio commentary by Charlie Chaplin biographer David Robinson
- Two new visual essays, by Chaplin historians John Bengtson and Jeffrey Vance
- New program on the film's visual and sound effects, with experts Craig Barron and Ben Burtt
- Interview from 1992 with Modern Times music arranger David Raksin, plus a selection from the film's original orchestral track
- Two segments cut from the film
- All at Sea (1933), a home movie by Alistair Cooke featuring Chaplin and actress Paulette Goddard, with a new score by Donald Sosin and new interview with Cooke's daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge
- The Rink (1916), a Chaplin two-reeler
- For the First Tim (1967), a short Cuban documentary about first-time moviegoers seeing Modern Times
- Chaplin Today: "Modern Times" (2003), a program with filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
- Three theatrical trailers
- Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Saul Austerlitz and a piece by film scholar Lisa Stein that includes excerpts from Chaplin's writing about his 1930s world tour
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 07/18/2003
"...[A] delight with its abundance of famously hilarious set pieces..."
A.V. Club - 12/22/2010
"[Chaplin added] a layer of tart political commentary to sequence after sequence of inspired physical comedy." -- Grade: A
Charlie Chaplin bid farewell to silent comedy with this funny and poignant masterpiece. He stars as a factory worker fed-up with the job and his tyrannical boss (who keeps an eye on all his employees via a big-brother TV monitor). When he meets and falls in love with an orphaned street waif, the two dream of a nice suburban existence... but the cops are never far behind, chasing the vagabond couple...
Essential Cinema |
- MODERN TIMES was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989.
- Costar Henry Bergman also served as assistant director of this film.
- This was Chaplin's final "silent film" (although he does sing a song consisting of some "nonsense syllables"); it was made when virtually all others had abandoned the form for sound. Because Chaplin had total financial control of his films, as well as a totally devoted audience, he could do exactly as he liked -- even if it wasn't in fashion.