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Modern Times Charlie Chaplin Modern Times by Charlie Chaplin is set in the 1930s during the Great Depression era The films main concerns echo those of millions of people at the time where unemployment poverty and hunger were an enormous factor Modern Times begins with the Tramp working in a factory He works in a factory tightening bolts that pass by on a conveyor belt One day he has a nervous breakdown from the stress of his job and creates chaos in the plant before being sent to prison Released for good behavior he goes not looking for trouble but is once more arrested for picking up the red construction flag and ending up as the apparent leader of the workers union After having an enjoyable prison stay he is released but finds life on the outside difficult He tries to get thrown back in prison by taking the blame for an orphaned young woman who was caught stealing some bread He befriends her and the two wind up living together in a run-down shack The tramp goes back to work at a factory as a mechanics assistant But the factory closes down because of a strike and he is again incorrectly held for attacking a policeman in a riot When he gets out of jail the young girl has found a job in a cafe with singing waiters and promises to get him one too The tramp fails miserably as a waiter but succeeds in entertaining the customers and it looks like the two have found steady employment However orphanage authorities arrive and try to take the young woman away but she escapes with the tramp The final sequence shows the two wandering along an empty road She starts to cry but the tramp encourages her not to give up They start their journey together walking down the road toward the horizon No setbacks can seem to stop
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