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Modern Times

Charlie Chaplin

Modern Times (Criterion Blu-Ray)


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  • United States
  • 1936
  • 87 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #543

Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin’s last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard). With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sly commentary on class struggle during the Great Depression, Modern Times—though made almost a decade into the talkie era and containing moments of sound (even song!)—is a timeless showcase of Chaplin’s untouchable genius as a director of silent comedy.


A factory workerCharlie Chaplin
A gaminePaulette Goddard
Café proprietorHenry Bergman
Big Bill and workerStanley J. Sandford
MechanicChester Conklin
BurglarsHank Mann
Louis Natheaux
The gamine’s fatherStanley Blystone
President, Electro Steel Corp.Allan Garcia
Cell mateDick Alexander
Prison chaplainDr. Cecil Reynolds
Chaplain’s wifeMyra McKinney
J. Widdecombe BillowsMurdoch McQuarrie
Billows’s assistantsMr. Ainsley
Ted Oliver
Juvenile officerWilfred Lucas
Sheriff CoulerEdward LeSainte
Turbine operatorSam Stein
Woman with buttoned bosomJuana Sutton
WardenJohn Ince
WorkersJack Low
Walter James
Angry café patronLloyd Ingraham
WorkmanHeinie Conklin
ConvictJohn Rand
Head waiterFred Malatesta
The gamine’s sistersGloria DeHaven
Gloria Delson


DirectorCharlie Chaplin
WriterCharlie Chaplin
ProducerCharlie Chaplin
PhotographyRoland Totheroh and Ira Morgan
Assistant directorCarter DeHaven
Art directorsCharles D. Hall and Russell Spencer
MusicCharlie Chaplin
Music arrangementEdward Powell and David Raksin
Musical directorAlfred Newman
Music recordingPaul Neal and Frank Maher
Visual effectsBud Thackeray
Production managerAlfred Reeves

Disc Features

  • New, restored 2K-resolution digital transfer, created in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 a new interview with Cooke’s daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge
  • The Rink (1916), a Chaplin two-reeler
  • For the First Time (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 a new essay by film critic Saul Austerlitz and a new piece by film scholar Lisa Stein that includes excerpts from Chaplin’s writing about his 1930s world tour

    New cover by Sam Smith

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Modern Times: Exit the Tramp

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Modern Times: Exit the Tramp

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