CATEGORIES Movies, Cinematical


What would you do if you had the ability to travel through time -- to visit past lands and future worlds -- and traverse this strange, unexplored universe as you pleased? What? Go see the 1928 premiere of the Charlie Chaplin film 'The Circus'? Oh, that makes sense. You are reading a movie website...

It's a wacky theory hatched by filmmaker George Clark: a person from the future visited the premiere of the Chaplin classic. The evidence? Bonus footage on the DVD, showing what appears to be an old woman (or, as Clark suggests, a man in drag) strolling toward the premiere while talking on a cellular phone. Seeing that the first cell phones weren't invented for, oh, another fifty-some-odd years, this is it, definitive proof that there are time travelers among us!

And just when our greatest 'Back to the Future' fantasies looked ready to come true, Live Science had to step in and ruin all of our fun.


Forget about time travel, forget about cell phones. She's probably an old woman with bad hearing using an ear trumpet, AKA, one of these:



Let's face it: When you really break it down, the time travel theory doesn't really make much sense to begin with. If you did have the ability to time travel, why would you use your cell phone? Who would you talk to? Other time travelers? How? Where are the cell phone towers or the communication satellites? And if you have super-futuristic cell phones that don't need that, why would you pull it out in public? The truth is that Clark probably saw this image and over-analyzed it, putting so much thought into it that his imagination (and ours) took over. It's how conspiracy theories are born.

Hey, it's still fun to think about. For the sake of discussion, let's say you do have a time machine and you've already killed Hitler and witnessed the birth of Christ, what old movie would you go see on its first release?