Modern Times
1936
*****
Director: Charles Chaplin
Cast: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley Sandford, Chester Conklin

In his damning commentary on industrialisation Chaplin plays a man who can’t catch a break in the modern world. His mundane assembly line job drives him to a breakdown, but that is only the beginning of his struggles. A homeless girl brings him hope, and together they attempt to make the most of having nothing. This masterpiece offers iconic images, a heartwarming love story and an endless array of unforgettable comedy set pieces. Chaplin’s first talky uses sound sparingly; The Tramp doesn’t speak but he does sing. The soundtrack includes the lovely “Smile”, also written by the director.