Still regarded as one of Chaplin’s most beloved films, Modern Times is also among his funniest. In one scene, the Tramp, working tirelessly on an assembly line, is used as a guinea pig to test a new piece of machinery; a mechanical feeding machine, designed to keep hungry workers on the job by feeding them as they work. Things go smoothly at first, but before long the machine malfunctions, launching a hot bowl of soup onto the Tramp’s shirt.
In conjuncture with the comedy, Modern Times also relies heavily on Chaplin’s incredible pantomime skills. Having obtained work as a night watchman for a department store, the Tramp invites the young lady he befriended (Paulette Goddard) to join him, and the two spend some quality time together in the store’s 4th floor toy department. While there, they decide to try out the store's roller skates. The Tramp, showing off his skating ability, fails to notice that he’s entered an area of the store where the guard rail has been removed, meaning one wrong turn will send him plummeting four stories to the ground below. The tension grows to an unbearable level when the Tramp, unaware of the danger, starts showing off for the girl by skating blindfolded, coming closer and closer to the edge each time around. Chaplin's precision is brilliant in this scene, making us laugh as he brings us to the edge of our seats.
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