I decided to focus on the term “modern”, as it says “a story of industry, of individual enterprise – humanity crusading in the pursuit of happiness”. At the beginning, the film starts with a moving clock.
These are scenes that show modernized people in busy life. Modern life, illustrated in the film, looks somewhat ridiculous. These scenes work with audio effects.
01:33 – A herd of sheeps rushes, forcing each other.
01:39 – A herd of sheeps shifts into a crowd of people in the subway station.
01:44 – People rush to the factory without caring about cars running toward them.
01:52 – Workers rushing inside the factory.
02:47 – President of the factory monitors his workers.
03:07 – Presidents says “section 5, speed it up.”
03:25 – Charlie tries to catch up machine speed, but fails for few times.
04:55 – President says “section 5, more speed.”
05:27 – Charlie marks his time for cigaratte.
05:47 – President doesn’t let him to rest.
07:13 – Salesmen introduce a machine that feeds workers during work.
12:15 – Employers don’t give up and starts the feeding machine again.
14:44 – Charlie sucks into the machine and into the wheels. Then escape.
Another point that I thought interesting was, the text in the film. At the beginnning, a short description of the film shows up, and then another text introduces the president of the factory. During the factory scene, the texts shows the time of the day. Throughout the film, texts show up at crucial scenes, like “He’s crazy!!!” and “It’s not practical”. Also, the text narrates the storyline like “Cured of a nervous breakdown but without a job, he leaves the hospital to start life anew.”
It can be understood that this film doesn’t consist actors’ dialog due to the technology of the time, but some of the dialogs still exists in the film. It is interesting because some of the lines are written as the text and some of the lines are spoken by the actors.