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Modern Times by Joan Mellen


Modern Times by Joan Mellen

Modern Times was Charlie Chaplin's last full-length silent film. The author situates Modern Times within the context of Chaplin's life work, exploring its history and influences. She explores how the film's themes of oppression, industrialization and dehumanization are embodied in the little tramp's struggle to survive in the modern world.


' ...audience friendly laughs mixed with a social and political context...undoubtedly for all those film fans who appreciate the art of the silent movie and what went into crafting such a complex piece of entertainment...Mellen really has excelled herself...' - Filmwerk'

About the Author

Joan Mellen is professor of creative writing at Temple University. She is the author of the BF Film Classics on Seven Samurai and in the Realm of the Senses, as well as several works of biography, fiction, and literary criticism. Her latest book is A Farewell To Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination and the Case That Should Have Changed History (2005).

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Publication date

1st April 2006


Joan Mellen

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BFI Publishing an imprint of British Film Institute


88 pages


Film theory & criticism



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