George Clarke, founder of independent film company Yellow Fever Productions, has discovered something rather odd in an old bit of film.
At a film premiere for the 1928 Charlie Chaplin film, The Circus (which is part of a bonus feature on the Chaplain Collection DVD set. Hover over the title to see the set in question) a woman can be seen walking in front of the camera… and she appears to be speaking on a cell phone.
The still frame does it no justice. Take a look at the short film by the filmmaker. I’ve included his own description below the video. After watching, let me know what you think? Is there something anomalous about what we’re seeing here? Or is it a case of misidentifying the situation.
From the Filmmaker:
This short film is about a piece of footage I (George Clarke) found behind the scenes in Charlie Chaplins film ‘The Circus’. Attending the premiere at Manns Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA – the scene shows a large woman dressed in black with a hat hiding most of her face, with what can only be described as a mobile phone device – talking as she walks alone.
I have studied this film for over a year now – showing it to over 100 people and at a film festival, yet no-one can give any explanation as to what she is doing.
My only theory – as well as many others – is simple… a time traveler on a mobile phone. See for yourself and feel free to leave a comment on your own explanation or thoughts about it.
George – 20th October 2010
Here are some theories that are floating around:
It’s a “hearing aid” or Ear Trumpet: Charlie Chaplin time traveler debunked: It’s just a hearing aid
She’s holding her face because the fella in front of her just smacked her. (He DOES seem to be running away from her…)
She has a toothache.
She’s using a walkie talkie.
She’s merely covering her ear from all the noise…
Etc etc etc… What do YOU think?