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July 29 - August 8, 2021 • El Paso, TX Twitter iconFacebook icon

Modern Times

Silent Classic
Friday, August 6
Plaza Theatre Kendle Kidd Performance Hall
Modern times

Charlie Chaplin wrote and directed this silent classic, in which his Little Tramp character struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world. The film is a comment on the desperate employment and financial conditions many people faced during the Great Depression — conditions created, in Chaplin’s view, by the efficiencies of modern industrialization. Chaplin began preparing the film in 1934 as his first “talkie,” and went as far as writing a dialogue script and experimenting with some sound scenes. However, he soon abandoned these attempts and reverted to a silent format with synchronized sound effects and sparse dialogue. The dialogue experiments confirmed his long-standing conviction that the universal appeal of his Little Tramp character would be lost if the character ever spoke on screen. It’s notable for being the last time Chaplin portrayed the Tramp character and for being the first time Chaplin’s voice is heard on film.

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Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard
Rated: NR