Modern Times (film)

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Modern Times is a 1936 American part-talkie satirical romantic black comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin in which his iconic Little Tramp character struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world. The film is a commentary on the desperate employment and financial conditions many people faced during the Great Depression — conditions created, in Chaplin's view, by the efficiencies of modern industrialization. The movie stars Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford and Chester Conklin. It is the last time that Chaplin portrayed the Tramp character and the first time Chaplin's voice is heard on film.

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Modern Times
Directed byCharlie Chaplin
Written byCharlie Chaplin
Produced byCharlie Chaplin
StarringCharlie Chaplin
Paulette Goddard
Henry Bergman
Tiny Sandford
Chester Conklin
CinematographyIra H. Morgan
Roland Totheroh
Edited byCharlie Chaplin
Willard Nico
Music byCharlie Chaplin
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
February 5, 1936
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1.5 million[1]
Box office$1.8 million (U.S. and Canada rentals)[2]

In 1989, Modern Times was one of the first 25 films selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[3][4] In 2003, it was screened "out of competition" at the Cannes Film Festival.[5]