22 October 2011

The classic silent film "Modern Times" written and produced by Charles Chaplin was undoubtedly a comedic genius. The movie had its heartfelt moments as well as moments that would be sure to give you a chuckle here and there. The movies plot took place in a factory where he worked but was soon fired from it due to a nervous breakdown scene that was very funny. Although the film made its premiere in the mid to late 30's in New York, the film presented editing techniques that seemed ahead of its time but somehow fit the movies aura perfectly.

The shots were basically shot from a wide angle instead of jumping back and forth between the characters. Throughout the entire movie the shots had you feeling like you were watching these events happen across the street from it all or as if you were in the same room as the actors. The movie had cards transition the scenes from one to another so it kept you informed throughout the entire presentation. I found that editing technique was helpful and gave the movie a sense of whimsical nature to it. If you ever watched those old Looney Tunes cartoons, you can see where they got most of their influences from, especially when they did silent cartoon episodes.

Chaplin's movie also made sure that they had the effect of speed film involved in it, which to me made it feel like I was watching a cartoon the entire time which was nice. The reason why I said that the movie may have used techniques ahead of its time was because for a 1936 film, it sure used Green Screen a lot, the Green Screen editing has been a major part of movies for a long time but it's definitely used way more in modern films. Even with all of that said the movie did not try to go over the top with every scene and just kept it simple as possible, which worked for this film very much.

Charlie Chaplin's movie "Modern Times" was and still is regarded as a American Classic by the American Institute's top-100 American Films in 1998. My final thought about the movie as it was my first Chaplain film, it was a happy lighthearted film and seemed to be so real with it's emotions and story. I did like how the two stories of how The Little Tramp met the Street orphan girl and how there relationship had it's ups and downs but they never strayed away from each other, except the part where he kept getting thrown into jail constantly. Although they never really settled in a home of their own they still have each other and that seemed way more important to them like Chaplain said to her in the end, "We'll get along".

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