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Seasons: A Year of Movies

Seasons 29: Modern Times


To start off our season about work and labor, we watched the 1936 Charlie Chaplin film, Modern Times. By leaning into artifice and exaggeration, the movie is able to highlight the very real issues of its day (and ours). Grace notices the oppressive authority of sound, Emma notices a certain lack of shoes, and we both display an incomplete knowledge of how cocaine works. Get comfy and settle in for a piece of “communist propaganda” that yearns for the middle-class dream and that we both absolutely adored.

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