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Fall 2009 1. Opening Remarks 2. Modern Times (1936)
— directed, produced, written, and composed by, and starring, Charlie Chaplin
# also starting Paulette Goddard, Gloria de Haven, and Allen Garcia (the steel
-- in what ways does this ﬁlm reﬂect the Depression?
—— in what ways does this 'ﬁlm reﬂect strife in the 19305?
-- in what ways does it reﬂect the hopes of the 1930s?
—- how does this ﬁlm reﬂect social class and conﬂict?
-- how does this ﬁlm critique the industrial system?
-- how does this ﬁlm critique various groups?
-- how does the ﬁlm reﬂect racial attitudes?
—- is Chaplin a director of comedy ﬁhns or a director who uses comedy to critique
-- how do you think this ﬁlm helped get him into deep trouble a decade or so
later? Instructor's Comment The Great Depression produced enormous social and economic unrest. There
were many strikes, particularly in the mid—to-late 1930s as new labor laws enabled
workers to organize and bargain more effectively with management. Corporations fought
back to resist unionization and wage and beneﬁt increases -- often using police forces and
the allegation that union leaders and workers were foreigners and communist-led. Many
strikes turned violent. Also during this era, managements used ever more time and
motion studies in an effort to make the work place ever more efﬁcient -- but the result
was often the dehumanization of the workplace or at least allegations that that was the
situation in the American factory. It was a public issue. Websites
Go to Google, type in Modern Times and click on the www.imbd.com site that
comes up, then click on Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, and others for additional information. For Next Time L L ,
View The Grades of Wrath for discussion later. In Mintz & Roberts, read pages
53—63 (from last time) and 139A52\ Hr ...
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