The New Intermission Film Series!
November, January, March and May we’ll be showing comedies and dramas that may make you laugh and cry, while they heighten your awareness.
First up is Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” on WEDNESDAY November 15th
Doors will open at 6:45, film will start at 7:00.
In the theatre at Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Rd, Sooke, BC.
Admission is by donation.
Partly inspired by a conversation with Mahatma Gandhi about the damaging effects of industrial technology, and partly as a result of the poverty and suffering during the Great Depression, Modern Times is often seen as Chaplin’s greatest film. Fifty-three critics gave it a 100% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes film rating site.
It was released in 1936 and here are some snippets from a review in The Guardian dated 14 July 1936:
“Watching Modern Times, one is compelled to marvel again at the miraculous soundness of taste which has led people of so many countries to take Chaplin to their hearts. His reaction to life has a humble, saintly, and therefore triumphant quality.”
Chaplin was acutely preoccupied with the social and economic problems of this new age. In 1931 and 1932 he had left Hollywood behind, to embark on an 18-month world tour. In Europe, he had been disturbed to see the rise of nationalism and the social effects of the Depression, of unemployment and of automation. He read books on economic theory; and devised his own Economic Solution, an intelligent exercise in utopian idealism, based on a more equitable distribution not just of wealth but of work.
Modern Times is perhaps more meaningful now than at any time since its first release. The twentieth-century theme of the film, farsighted for its time—the struggle to reject alienation and preserve humanity in a modern, mechanized world—profoundly reflects issues facing the twenty-first century. The Tramp’s travails in Modern Times and the chaotic comedy that follows should provide strength and comfort to all who feel like helpless cogs in a world beyond control.
Speaking of hard times…
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