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This review is from: Charlie Chaplin - Modern Times  [DVD] (DVD)
As a child growing up I had always dismissed Chaplin as being a division below other Black and White legends such as 'Laurel and Hardy' or 'Buster Keaton'. Somehow Chaplin never quite caught my imagination until one Saturday evening the BBC showed 'Modern Times' and I had the cobwebs of ignorance blown away in one fell swoop. I went on to watch the rest of the BBC's screenings over the following weeks and came to realise what a true genius Charlie was. Modern Times is visually brilliant, from the opening hilarity of the automatic food dispensing machine going wrong to other highlights such as his wrongful arrest and imprisonment (and accidentally taking cocaine) plus attempting to take a dip outside his little dream house, the comic timing is perfection. Over the years I've shown this film to a number of friends and I've yet to hear a negative remark. This is a masterclass in visual comedy, you will not be disappointed.
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2014 17:22:59 GMT
I agree with you. It's a travesty that Chaplin is so often dismissed as a slapstick [only] comedian. This film (Modern Times) and The Great Dictator took enormous depth and courage to produce making the points that, where and when they did.
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