Thanks to a twitter alert from lalittle, I caught Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" on TMC tonight.
For us corporate drones, it is surprisingly just as relevant today as it was in 1936.
As you can see in the first 9 minutes...
The rest of the movie is available in segments on youtube and I would encourage you to watch it all. If for no other reason than for Paulette Goddard. Great Googly Moogly that woman was hot!
But I also could not help but be reminded of Robert Downey, Jr's portrayal in Richard Attenborough's "Chaplin".
Keep in mind that all of those references to "the scandal that surrounded him" and "everyone has a wild side, even a legend", were just talking about Chaplin! This was before Downey went nuts.
Chaplin co-founded United Artist pictures with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith in 1919. A studio that still exists and is producing motion pictures today.
The early impact of Chaplin on movies and American culture, and then the impact of Downey on the legacy of Chaplin, and the resonant pattern in history of Chaplin's flaws and Downey's flaws, and the subsequent redemption of Downey with the portrayal of Tony Stark who has all of the Chaplin/Downey flaws...it's all just a surrealistic story arc that spans a century of movies, comic books and real life.
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