The Winner and Still the Tramp

When Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times was completed in 1936, silent film was already on its way out. But while the rest of the film industry had moved on to talkies, Chaplin’s last silent film commented on industrialization through his signature physical comedy as the Little Tramp, a factory worker comically struggling with the age of machinery. “His acting is still some of the best acting to date,” says Chautauqua’s Ann Obenchain. “The way he can engage the screen with just his physical and facial impressions still translates and transcends all ages.” Tonight this iconic classic will kick off Chautauqua Auditorium’s 28th annual summer Silent Film Series, which will screen eleven of the finest silent films on Wednesday nights through August 7, with most set to live music.

“People are rediscovering silent film; it highlights some of the best acting of a time,” explains Obenchain. “Rudolph Valentino and Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton and Mary Pickford — these are people who really started the film industry and are responsible for modern storytelling. When you sit in our auditorium that’s 115 years old, you’re really taken back in time.”

Modern Times will start at 7:30 p.m., with the original recorded soundtrack. Tickets — $10 general admission, $5 for members and children ten and under — are available at or 303-440-7666; season passes are available for $88 (or $44 for members). Chautauqua Auditorium is at 900 Baseline Road in Boulder.
Wed., May 29, 7:30 p.m., 2013