Monday, 25 October 2010
The Time Traveller in the Charlie Chaplin Film?
Filmmaker George Clarke of Belfast, Northern Ireland, points out a huge anachronism in Charlie Chaplin's film, "The Circus". It is a very clear view of a woman (?) who crosses the screen seemingly talking on a cell phone. The film was made in 1928. Cell phones were not even thought of until around 1947. After watching this, I thought that perhaps it was a "walkie talkie", an extra walking across the film set barking orders to someone. However, after researching it myself, walkie-talkies were not around until the 1940's either. It's a darn tootin' bit of film footage, that's for sure.
Did someone go "back to the future" and get stuck on a film set? Perhaps it was a huge Charlie Chaplin fan from 2020 who wanted to meet him? Whether real or faked, it gives room for pause. When I go back in time, I want to use my cell phone in "Gone with The Wind" while I dance at Tara and try to get Clark Gable's attention. I'll be the short one wearing the antebellum dress with pantaloons...and cowboy boots. Look for me.