Writing FIVE - Visual Culture’s Stronghold on Authentic Life
Modern Times (1936)
Modern Times was also shot using an outdated film technique. At 18 frames per second, a speed used for silent films, the action seemed more fast paced and animated when it was played at 24 frames per second, the new normal film speed of the time. Like the lead character in the film the Little Tramp was trying to survive the world of industry, factory workers, and assembly lines, Chaplin was trying to survive the changing landscape of film. Moreover, while Chaplin denied any messages beyond pure entertainment, many agree that Modern Times intentionally makes a statement about people’s insignificance in respect to the “machine” of industry.
|Chaplin and Goddard|
Modern Times (1936)
Marx thought ideology brought “false consciousness” making the masses vulnerable to coercion. Familiarity brings marketability which births sell-able products, projects and even political candidates. Someone is getting powerful, and thus someone is getting rich by manipulating the masses. Those who own production control ideas (p.51). This also gives some insight to the widening income gap in America. The rich keep getting richer because there are more ways to control media and thus more ways to gain capital. In Modern Times, the omnipotent, omnipresent boss changes the speed of production from his big office removed from the sufferable realities of his men in an attempt to increase production and thus profit.
|Chaplin and Hitler|
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- Frank Nugent, "Modern Times (1936). Heralding the Return, After an Undue Absence, of Charlie Chapin in ‘ModernTimes’". The New York Times: Movie Review February 6, 1936–http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9403E3DE153FEE3BBC4E53DFB466838D629EDE
- Bosley Crowther Wallace, "The Great Dictator (1940). THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; 'The Great Dictator,' by and With Charlie Chaplin...” The New York Times: Movie Review October 16, 1940–http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9D0CE5DA103BE433A25755C1A9669D946193D6CF
- The Great Dictator (1940)
- The Gamin: Paulette Goddard, http://www.charliechaplin.com/en/biography/articles/221-The-Gamine-Paulette-Goddard