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Moxie Flix: Modern Times (1936)

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. (G, 87 min.)


Saturday, April 13, 2024


These FREE screenings are part of MOXIE FLIX, a monthly series focusing on essential films for kids to see before they turn 13. This series was made possible by a grant from the Missouri Arts Council and the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

Synopsis: Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin’s last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard). With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sly commentary on class struggle during the Great Depression, Modern Times—though made almost a decade into the talkie era and containing moments of sound (even song!)—is a timeless showcase of Chaplin’s untouchable genius as a director of silent comedy. [Criterion]

Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman
Director: Charles Chaplin
Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Romance

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