Moonlight & Movies: Modern Times

When: Wednesday, August 21, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Price: $15 General Admission
Courtesy of Janus Films

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 your choice of a glass of beer or wine.

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.

To view all of our Moonlight & Movies outdoor film screenings, click here

This program also accompanies our exhibition, City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed New York (opens May 1, 2019). To view all of the programs in the series, click here.

Start time subject to change, check back for details. In the case of rain, the screening will be moved indoors and take place at the same time. 

View a trailer of the film here: 
Courtesy of Charlie Chaplin Official YouTube Channel

$15 General Admission
Ticket includes your choice of a glass of beer or wine

Groups of 10 or more get discounts; contact us at or 917.492.3395.

Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or with any questions.


Moonlight & Movies is made possible in part by Sophia and Peter J. Volandes.

City of Workers, City of Struggle and its associated programs are made possible by The Puffin Foundation, Ltd

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