Classic Comedy Festival Features Modern Times
The Dead of Winter Classic Comedy Festival, presented by the F.I.L.M. (Forum on Image and Language in Motion) series, concludes on Sunday, Feb. 26, with a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1935). All F.I.L.M. series events take place Sundays at 2 p.m. in the Bradford Auditorium, KJ, and are free and open to the public.
Perhaps his greatest feature, Modern Times (90 minutes) was Chaplin’s first foray into sound film—he had resisted sound since he felt that he had perfected silent comedy.
The Tramp finds himself part of the Great Depression, tightening nuts (and going nuts) on a factory assembly line—falling in love, roller skating himself into danger, going to jail and, at long last, speaking—in Chaplin’s satire of the tyranny of film-industrial production.
Modern Times is accompanied by Chaplin’s own music, including his song, “Smile.” F.I.L.M. series organizer and Visiting Professor of Art History Scott MacDonald will introduce the film.
More F.I.L.M. events
Sunday, March 5: Film Scholar Jacqueline Stewart on the career of pioneer filmmaker Spencer Williams
Sunday, April 2: Filmmaker Yance Ford presents Strong Island (2016)
Sunday, April 9: “A Roll for Peter Hutton” (anthology)
Sunday, April 16: Sound engineer Ernst Karel with sound works