Modern Times (1936, Charles Chaplin)

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Modern Times (1936, Charles Chaplin) – Watch The Film and answer Each Question – Try for 250 words each ( more if possible)

Then upon finishing I will have three questions that need a one word answer

1.Was this your first experience with a silent film? Describe your impressions and explain what you found particularly interesting or unique.

2.What is Chaplin’s vision of the modern times he lives in, according to the film? What is the final message about mechanization and the machine age that the film provides? Support your claims with specific examples.

3.Explain how the film employs the spoken word: pay attention to which characters speak, how their voice is heard (if directly or through machines), which characters are silent and/or use mock speech, and explain how such choices relate to the film’s overall message.

4. The film opens on a shot of animals that dissolves into the images of individuals going to work. What is the metaphor Chaplin establishes through this association? What film theory discussed in the lectures could be used to explain the way such metaphor is produced? Provide a detailed explanation.

5 Explain how Chaplin employs non-diegetic music. Provide examples of onomatopoeic effects (mickey mousing), usage of leitmotiv, and other techniques you recognized from Lecture 5. ( Will provide access to lecture 5

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