Subjected to the infernal production rate of the factory, the Little Tramp suddenly has a nervous breakdown. From hospital, to prison, to unemployment, he gets caught up in the sprockets and cogs of modern industrialization. That is, until he comes across a kind orphaned girl.
Possibly Chaplin’s greatest masterpiece—though with so many, who’s to say?—Modern Times contains some of the comic’s most brilliantly iconic and politically savvy routines. A biting satire of modern industrialized society, Chaplin staved off the 20th-century (and sound cinema) with wit and elegance.
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Michel Gondry, 2008, United States
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Harmony Korine, 2007, United States
Pedro Almodóvar, 2006, Spain
Federico Fellini, 1963, Italy
Charlie Chaplin, 1940, United States
Thomas Vinterberg, 1998, Denmark
Wim Wenders, 1987, West Germany
Jim Jarmusch, 1991, France