Subjected to the infernal production rate of the factory, a model worker suddenly has a nervous breakdown and goes mad. From hospital, to prison, to unemployment, the Little Tramp gets caught-up in the sprockets and cogs of modern industrialisation. That is, until he comes across Ellen, a beautiful, orphaned girl, whom he helps escape from the police. How to break free from the constraints of modern life? Chaplin provides a critical look at productivity in the early 20th century… and well beyond!
The film was ranked #78 in the Sight and Sound Greatest Film of All Time poll
As part of Technology on Screen season at Ciné Lumière