Day Four: Modern Times (March of the Movies 2022)

If not for Godzilla films, what else seems to be a passive tradition when it comes to March of the Movies? Black and white films from the silent era! I’ve seen films starring Charlie Chaplin in (now) three years and one from Buster Keaton in another. These two figures have sort of a soft spot in my heart for whatever reason.

The film for today is considered among Chaplin’s best: Modern Times, an eccentric tale with some pointed criticism at every leftist’s favorite target: capitalism and the struggles of industrialization. Generally, I try not to be too political with topics if it absolutely does not call for it, but the subtext contained here is simply too bursting. And for me, that’s where a lot of it stands out amongst the rest of his work.

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