Charlie Chaplin, Modern Times

In Perspectives on Friday, we completed reading the four interviews with auto workers from Studs Terkel’s Working. Expect a quiz over that reading on Monday.

After lunch, we watched a clip from the 1934 silent film Modern Times, starring Charlie Chaplin. If you’ve never heard of Chaplin, take a quick look at his Wikipedia page. The clip below is a scene where Chaplin’s character is working in a factory. In class we discussed:

  • What are we meant to understand about factory life from this scene?
  • How does music convey something about the pace of factory work?
  • How do Chaplin’s body language and gestures tell us something about what factory life does to a person?

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