The movie “ modern times “ written , directed and scored by Charlie Chaplin in 1932 is a satirical comedy of the times during the “great depression”. Chaplin’s movie provides an analysis of the human condition during some of the lowest points of American history. It is a film about the nature of modern industry, about the endeavors of an individual in a mass society, and about the life of all people in modern times. If Charlie represents the human condition in modern times, then we see him basically as a helpless being– dominated by a world of machines, pushed around by authorities and bureaucratic institutions, victimized by an economy over which he does not have the slightest control, and deprived of any understanding of the world in which he and everyone else is trying to secure some sort of happiness.
Technology has traditionally been interpreted as the human way of harnessing the forces of nature for the purpose of making human life easier . The Industrial Revolution in particular was always seen as a major step in the progress toward the control of human beings over their world and their destiny. Major events of the 20th century and what it did to the country itself makes it very debatable .The massive mechanized slaughters of World War I provided a foretaste of how badly people can be victimized by their own industrial products.
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“A story of industry, of individual enterprise, of humanity crusading in the pursuit of happiness” is what the first of the visuals reads . The phrase “ pursuit of happiness” directly picked out of the “ American declaration of independence” suitably describes the tramp’s continuous search for happiness , peace , reconciliation with life and primarily a foothold in the society so stricken by the economy . Throughout the movie , the epic character “ tramp” goes through life with difficulty dodging the problems that a depression struck country hurls at him. Chaplin’s film pointedly depicts an individualistic response to the times and many a times the indescripancy between understanding and the happenings leaves no space to act accordingly but jus to react to the different situations. Why people are starving in a country that produces as much food as the United States, why men and women are not working in the midst of well-equipped factories and offices, why the masses are rioting, fighting, or consumed by worries and fears in a land that could be a sort of paradise—all this is a mystery to the protagonist of the story, as well as to the people around him.
The movie begins with the shot of a clock and large crowds of workers pouring out of a subway station and hurrying into factory gates – much like a herd. The point is driven home by a shot of running sheep. The scenes at the factory were men do repetitive , monotonous and mind numbing work on the assembly line are a parody of “ fordism”. And this process of work was the standard procedure in most of the industrial world . It the dehumanizing effects of fordism that is seen starkly even beyond the comic camouflage . As an industrial worker Charlie is thoroughly alienated from his own activity with no concerns or knowledge of what the end product , passion and care of the artistic mind had been eliminated . This mechanised industrial work pattern has proved to be unhealthy for workers, and generally at odds with the natural constitution of human beings. Infact the first few scenes are most striking examples of what the Marxists called “ alienation”. Marx distinguishes between four major aspects of Alienation: The estrangement of workers from the process of production (workers do not control what they do at work), the estrangement from the product of production (workers do not control the human-made world that they produce ), the estrangement from each other (they do not work as a democratic collective, but under the direction of unelected managers), and the estrangement from their inherent humanity (they do not work with deliberation, but more like robots or domesticated animals).
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All four aspects of Alienation appear in Chaplin’s story. What dominates both the film and Marxist thinking is the realization that under the conditions of capitalist industrial production the vast majority of human beings are not actively in control of their lives and destinies, but rather function as passive objects in a gigantic production and consumption apparatus the very understanding of which tends to elude them.
And through the movie we are shown visuals of closed factories and empty offices , long breadlines, protest demonstrations, attacks by police, larceny, and occasional shootings. As grueling and inhuman as work at the assembly line is, the consequences of not finding work seemed to have hit the majority of people .the different scenes in the movie depicting long lines of men in front of factories , people thriving to fend for themselves and their own reflects the low morale drifting through the atmosphere.
Instances in the movie show the stark reality of life in America , as in the rest of the industrial world ,was hard enough a place for the common man , to make a place like the jail to seem like a safe place. Enjoying good food, an open cell door, and chats with his jailers, charlie reads in the newspaper about unemployment, labor unrest, and other dramatic events in the outside world.Charlie’s series of jobs, pursued when he is not doing time in prison, always underscores rather than stabilizes the precariousness of his position both as worker and as human being.
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The episode in the shopping mall is a vivid reminder that the Great Depression was not simply a time of great poverty, but also a situation of glaring inequality as far as the distribution of wealth is concerned. The coexistence of plain hunger and luxurious consumer goods were poignantly portrayed. While large numbers of workers lost their jobs, much larger numbers of workers were still working, and most industrialists were still making fortunes.
The dreams and aspirations of the common man ( Charlie) to what their realizations or rather struggle where at that time were so far off. It is right to say that the victims of the depression where waiting in hope of a brighter future which lives upto that lives upto the American dream. Chaplin being a great fan of the reform minded president Roosevelt still saw hope for the land .Aptly at the end of the movie we see the young couple down an empty highway into the sunrise.
The movie inspite of being a comedy, it intelligently conveys the happenings of the depression while ridiculing the system .the atmosphere of the movie gives us an explicit idea of what could have been direct causes or motives for modernism and where it has gotten its roots from .