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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.

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Special Features * New, restored 2K-resolution digital transfer, created in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) * New audio commentary by Charlie Chaplin biographer David Robinson * Two new visual essays, by Chaplin historians John Bengtson and Jeffrey Vance * New program on the film’s visual and sound effects, with experts Craig Barron and Ben Burtt * Interview from 1992 with Modern Times music arranger David Raksin, plus a selection from the film’s original orchestral track * Two segments cut from the film * All at Sea (1933), a home movie by Alistair Cooke featuring Chaplin and actress Paulette Goddard, with a new score by Donald Sosin and a new interview with Cooke’s daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge * The Rink (1916), a Chaplin two-reeler * For the First Time (1967), a short Cuban documentary about first-time moviegoers seeing Modern Times * Chaplin Today: “Modern Times” (2003), a program with filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne * Three theatrical trailers * PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Saul Austerlitz and a piece by film scholar Lisa Stein that includes excerpts from Chaplin’s writing about his 1930s world tour

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