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Letter enquiring about the Charlie Chaplin film 'Modern Times’, 1936

In 1936 the General Secretary of the Amalgamated Society of Wire Drawers and Kindred Workers contacted the Trades Union Congress to request a showing of 'Modern Times' during the annual congress. The film is recommended, not for its comedy value, but for its ideologically sound view of the Bedaux system of labour management - for example "one of the workers, Charlie Chaplin, shows unmistakable signs of distress in the course of his employment and faints away under pressure of the new system".

Included in a file on 'Cinematograph Industry: Propaganda and Education Films', from the archive of the Trades Union Congress; document reference: MSS.292/675.63/2

  Letter enquiring about the Charlie Chaplin film Modern Times, 1936