- Supposedly was to be Charles Chaplin's first full sound film, but instead, sound is used in a unique way: we hear spoken voices only when they come from mechanical devices, a symbol of the film's theme of technology and dehumanization. Specifically, voices are heard from:- The videophones used by the factory president- The phonographic Mechanical Salesman- The radio in the prison warden's office
- The singers in the restaurant are also heard, and some scenes include sound effects.
- The final appearance of Chaplin's Little Tramp character.
- Chaplin allows the Tramp to speak on camera for the first time during the restaurant scene, but insisted that what the Tramp says be universal. Therefore, the song the Tramp sings is in gibberish, but it is possible to follow the story he tells by watching his hand gestures.
- Charlie Chaplin wrote all the music for this and all of his other films, and Modern Times contains his most enduring theme, "Smile."
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