‘Film School Drop Outs – Weekly Challenge 2017’
Week 2 - Genre - Comedy - Silent Comedy Icons
I chose Modern Times as my silent comedy icon due to Chaplin's reputation as a master of silent comedy. Though Modern Times itself isn't a silent film, making use of sound, dialogue, and even singing, the humor and actions are very reminiscent of "true" silent comedies.
This film, while still is a comedy, is also a very apt critique of Depression-Era America, and the social issues at the time. Unemployment is rampant, and the workers are demonstrating, either with communist rallies or worker strikes. Our poor protagonist is drawn into these messes and spends quite a bit of time in prison. Another…