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03 November 2021 Wolfsburg (Germany)
Modern Times – Moderne Zeiten
Metropolis Orchester Berlin conducted by Helmut Imig - Theater Wolfsburg, Großes Haus
Program Info: Charles Chaplin - Modern Times
Charlie Chaplin's “Modern Times” (1936), the last film of the great silent film era, satirically examines the problems and consequences of industrialization. The tramp - here at his last film appearance - hires out as a worker in a factory, but ends up in the sanatorium after a collapse. As soon as he was released, he was falsely arrested as a communist leader. But his great love is waiting for him ...
The complex and innovative music for the film represents the climax in the work of the composer Chaplin. He uses the leitmotif technique, uses musical quotations and allows jazz and dance music to flow into the symphonic music. In addition to the composer and conductor Alfred Newman, Chaplin was assisted by arrangers Edward Powell and David Raksin. The world-famous song "Smile" - initially composed without text - is heard in the final scene of the film when Chaplin's tramp and his companion are optimistic about a hard future on a street.