The Golden Age of Comedy (Post 8 of 12)
Modern Times is probably my all-time favorite of the Chaplin films. Chaplin was about the only one with the power and skill to still make silent films in 1936, and this film was a tremendous achievement. Charlie's scene (above) that is an exercise to get the workers to eat lunch more efficiently is a classic, as well as his assembly line stunts.
I also liked the ebb and flow of this character continually getting into trouble, going to jail and then getting out before repeating the process.
There's also something about Chaplin's blindfolded skating and almost falling that I've always liked.
And Modern Times also finds the perfect woman counterpart for the little tramp in Paulette Goddard.