Considered one of Chaplin's finest alongside 'The Great Dictator', and 'Gold Rush', Modern Times is a satirical and slapstick look at the industrial machine we've all become caught up in and the socio-economic conditions people found themselves in after the Great Depression in 1930's. Ever the non-conformist, Chaplin used his multiple talents and position to relay how he felt about the world we find ourselves in. The messages in the film are still relevant today. He makes comment on how peoples humanity has been reduced in the name of production and profit, reducing us to cogs in a ever-spinning machine.
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