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Modern Times

October 26, 2015, 7:00 PM


Charlie Chaplin takes on the Industrial Age, which somehow seems not too different from the Technological Age, in what is absolutely his most riotously funny film, a masterpiece known to cause outright pain from laughing.  Made during the sound era, and using both sound and music extensively, yet resolutely refusing to incorporate dialog (completely unnecessary and counterproductive given Chaplin’s nonpareil gifts for expressive facial and body gestures) Modern Times is clearly Chaplin’s masterpiece. His “Little Tramp” persona becomes an everyman at loose in the Great Depression, on an assembly line, and in cahoots if not love with an “Orphan Girl” (Paulette Godard) imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread. Chaplin’s passion for social justice is exceeded only be his passion for ingenious, beautifully performed hilarity. (G, 96 min., 1936)

Tickets: $9 for adults, $5 for students, or $50 for a series pass, which admits the holder to all 7 screenings, October 2015 – April 2016.

Sponsored by Colby College Cinema Studies.

Part of the Monday Night Movies: Human/Nature series.


October 26, 2015
7:00 PM


Maine Film Center
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Waterville Opera House
1 Common Street
Waterville, ME United States
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