Directed by Charles Chaplin. February 1936, USA. Rated "Approved": 87 min.
(Originally published in buzz magazine on 11/29/2009)
It’s difficult, if not impossible, to name an actor more
internationally recognizable than Charlie Chaplin. The funny little man
with big shoes, a narrow mustache and a bowler hat stands as the
foremost symbol for film comedy — and for good reason — because his
movies still resonate with humor and meaning today. Modern Times
is not just 87 minutes of nonstop hilarity; it shows how assembly-line
mass production can make machines out of the people who use them. And
don’t let the movie’s age fool you; Chaplin’s infectious physical
comedy transcends time.