Charlie Chaplin 's Modern Times

900 WordsJul 2, 20154 Pages
When the era of silent films was almost finished, Charlie Chaplin completed his last silent movie, called “Modern Times”. The title of the movie itself gives a hint about the changes that human kind would be facing in the future. While watching the movie, the audience is inundated with the ideas of dehumanization of humans in the factories, the ‘Fordism’ ideology, the struggle to earn bread, and many more. Instead of conveying this powerful social message in harsh and serious tone, Charlie Chaplin has blended right amount of humor to the social drama. Just because of its satirical humor, “Modern Times” is still relevant after almost 70 years since its release and is applauded as the most accomplished work of Charlie Chaplin. “Modern Times”, an entertainment masterpiece, is a political and social commentary about the thriving American industry at the expense of its workers and the social gap between the rich and the poor. The opening sequence of “Modern Times” is humorous and satirical enough to hook up the audience with the theme of the movie and to alert the audience about the results of exaggerated industrialization. In the first sequence, the scenes of a herd of ships and the workers heading for the factory are collocated. Even though the scene seems to be humorous visually, it actually represents the current scenario of the working class people and the contemporary audience can easily relate the scene. “The symbolism is particularly powerful when one considers
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