For Thursday: Modern Times and Chaplin

2 Nov

There are a lot of good clips available on YouTube of Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin’s classic (tragi?)comedy about the mechanization of work, and everything else. We might see Giants and Toys as a remake, only it uses “images,” rather than mechanics, and a corporation, rather than a factory. Here is a clip where Charlie is a guinea pig for a new “eating machine,” but there are lots of others. Goof around a bit on YouTube, and see what you see of Chaplin’s aesthetic; I think it will seem familiar when you watch Masamura.


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