So last week I had the opportunity to see
MODERN TIMES (USA, 1936)
by Charles Chaplin.
In a nut-shell:
A factory worker (Charles Chaplin) struggles with modern machinery, the police, a feeding machine, co-prisoners and many other things and persons while hoping for a peaceful life with with a pretty gamin (Paulette Goddard).
|~ a very cute couple: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chaplin ~|
|~ really, Paulette Goddard, REALLY??? ~|
About the film itself was talked that much before - though I just noticed I never mentioned Charles Chaplin here before.. - I think I spare you the well-known stories about him pouring water over Miss Goddard's head and declare that to be her costume. (Love at first splash - no doubt..) Yes.. it was the last silent film Charles Chaplin did - yes it contains the wonderful song SMILE which by then was just "THEME OF MODERN TIMES" and which was written by Mr. Chaplin. I love that song.. There are several other pieces of music in this film - and actually I am working on a post about the soundtrack of this film..
I have to confess that I like Charles Chaplin most because of his ability to arouse my pity for his character. Over all I am since like forever more a Buster Keaton girl.
|~ rather Keaton than Chaplin?? Excuse me???? ... |
- yes.. it is true.. but I like them both.. ~
Still - I very much enjoyed seeing this film in cinema. This Wednesday I will watch another classic there - and I am looking very much forward for that..
|~ now this is really the image of a sweet home.. ~|
Though I was quite often in cinema this year there are several films I have not written about in my Fresh from cinema series - like there were e.g. PARANORMAN (which was ok - but which I do not have to see again..) and THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT (which was rubbish) and to be honest I do not know whether I am going to write about them at all.. We will see..
|~ mhmmm.. Now I want a banana, too.. |
I cannot believe how much Miss Goddard eats in this film..~
For now: thank you very much for listening!