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Film Screening: Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times

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Join us for a screening of Charlie Chaplin's wondrous 1936 Modern Times comedy in the warmth of our Victorian mansion.

Modern Times is not only a fun night out with Charlie Chaplin at the top of his game, but a great way to understand the 1920s & 30s, which our current Art Deco exhibit explores.

In Modern Times Chaplin's brilliant pantomime takes aim at the price of industrialization and the loss of jobs due to people being replaced by technology, a widespread anxiety for people living in the Art Deco era.

Being impacted - and even replaced - by technology is still such a prominent issue in 2018 that it was the spark for our current exhibit, The Future Looked Bright: Art Deco in Everyday Life.

Released in 1936, Modern Times was Chaplin's final "silent" film and his first movie after a five-year hiatus during which he considered the viability of his career after "talkies" appeared in 1927. Modern Times is a "silent" film, although it is filled with sound effects as the Little Tramp struggles with modern technology and is helped by a homeless woman, played by Paulette Goddard.

"I go to a lot of movies, and I can't remember the last time I heard a paying audience actually applaud at the end of a film. But this one did." - Roger Ebert