Moonlight & Movies: Modern Times
Where: Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave.
212-534-1672 Price: $15
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Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 masterpiece, Modern Times (89 min), marks his final outing as the Little Tramp, this time starring as an inept factory worker caught in the cogs and gears of modern industrialization. From factory floor to hospital to prison, Chaplin dexterously delivers sly commentary on the brutality of work and class struggle amidst a stream of unforgettable gags. This outdoor screening will be introduced by acclaimed historian Joshua Freeman whose most recent book, Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World (Norton, 2017), offers a sweeping, global history of the rise of the factory and its effects on culture and society.
Ticket includes a drink voucher.
About the Speaker:
Joshua B. Freeman received a B.A. from Harvard University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Rutgers University. He previously taught at Columbia University and the College at Old Westbury, SUNY. He has written extensively about the history of labor, modern America, and New York City. His books include Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World (Norton, 2017); Working-Class New York: Life and Labor since World War II (New Press, 2000); and American Empire: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home (Viking, 2012). He is the co-editor of Audacious Democracy: Labor, Intellectuals, and the Social Renewal of America. Freeman has appeared in several television documentaries, including the American Experience episode, “Blackout,” and Ric Burns’ New York. He has consulted for unions and for the New York City Central Labor Council on strategy and internal education.