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Modern Times

by Joan Mellen

Part of the BFI Film Classics Series

Modern Times Synopsis

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.

Modern Times Press Reviews

' ...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

Book Information

ISBN: 9781844571222
Publication date: 1st April 2006
Author: Joan Mellen
Publisher: BFI Publishing an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 88 pages
Categories: Film theory & criticism,

About Joan Mellen

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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