Monthly Archives: February 2013

Frankenstein’s monster: Is he human?

On one of the remote Orkney Islands, just after Frankenstein tears apart the mate he has almost completed for his monster, he feels something like remorse: “I almost felt as if I had mangled the living flesh of a human … Continue reading

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Uncanny Through Laughter

Charlie Chaplin’s use of humor only adds to the unease caused by the idea that man can become machine in his movie “Modern Times”.

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Laughing at Self-Automization

Charlie Chaplin’s satirization of the automization of American society in the early 2oth century is achieved through physical humor, which serves as a subtle yet effective portrayal of a common fear of the era.

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Approaching a Problem

In the 1936 film “Modern Times”, Charlie Chaplin is able to engage the audience with humor to address the uncertainty and uncanniness of an industrialized future because it adds to the affect of satirizing this fear- a technique used to … Continue reading

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Modern Times Thesis

Chaplin’s Modern Times criticizes the growing industrial and mechanical nature of society through hyperbolic actions by the main character and varying reactions thereafter.

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Political and Social Commentary in “Modern Times”

Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, an entertaining piece at the surface, also serves as a political and social commentary criticizing the flourishing industrialization, commercialization, and commoditization of big-business America, which has developed at the expense of the everyday citizen.

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Foreboding Hilarity in Chaplin’s “Modern Times”

In “Modern Times”, Charlie Chaplin utilizes humor based on extreme exaggeration, satire, and slapstick to highlight negative aspects of the blurring line between man and machine in a rapidly progressing society.

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Mechanical Laughter: Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times”

Charlie Chaplin brings lighthearted humor to a serious social commentary in Modern Times with his uncanny depiction of an automatic feeding mechanism and a robotic factory worker, reversing the viewers’ normal expectations of the animate and the inanimate.

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Suppressing the Uncanny: Chaplin’s “Modern Times”

Though many stories involving inanimate objects appearing animate and vice versa give the viewer a sense of the uncanny, in “Modern Times,” the utterly ridiculous and comical manner in which Chaplin interacts with an increasingly mechanized world amuses rather than disturbs … Continue reading

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Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” (1936)

Charlie Chaplin’s film “Modern Times” (1936) expresses anxiety about important stages of industrialization in the US (Fordism, Taylorism), fears that we feel even today. How is it that we can find our worries and concerns funny? When you revise your … Continue reading

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