1940. USA. Dir: Charles Chaplin. With Paulette Goddard. 125 min.
A Jewish war vet walks out of a hospital for the first time in 20 years to find his shop boarded up, the police replaced with brown-shirted thugs, and his homeland run by a loudmouthed buffoon ranting about making the country great again. Chaplin breaks his career-long silent to speak out against the growing menace of fascism, fusing slapstick with an earnest plea for compassion.
1936. USA. Dir: Charles Chaplin. With Chaplin. 87 min. 35mm print.
Despite the industry-wide dominance of talkies by the mid-1930s, silent cinema’s beloved Little Tramp still waddled about Hollywood’s finest backlots in oversized shoes. From dizzying assembly lines and hazardous machinery to blindfolded rollerskating, Chaplin’s Depression-era critique of industrialism stands as one of his most iconic works.