According to the Springfield Examiner, the hype around Charlie Chaplin’s film “The Circus” is focused around a time-traveling extra holding what looks like a cell phone. Unfortunately, I studied Anthropology and spent most of my time figuring out what some weird piece of trash once was used for.
My background in Anthropology immediately reminds me of how startling historic uses of things can be to us today. People in the past did all kinds of things with objects that challenge archaeologists. Sometimes, historic objects sit on a shelf for years waiting for someone to figure out how they were used. In other words, this time traveler using a cell phone is no match for my finely tuned, Anthropology-trained mind!
Other Movie Mistakes
I noticed in the Robert DeNiro movie “The Untouchables” that his Rolex watch is a model that was not in development until 40 years later. However, I feel that this Charlie Chaplin movie is not about a bad costume. After all, “The Circus” did not costume all of its extras who were filmed in the movie. Instead, this movie is about random details. This evidence is interesting because it appears to be without any outside control by the 1928 filmmakers of “The Circus.”
Time Traveler Was Most Likely Dying of a Toothache
Before the invention of penicillin, people died from random infections all of the time. Penicillin was discovered in 1928. I seriously doubt normal people were instantly able to access this medication the minute it was developed. In 1928, you cut your leg one day and it kills you within a week! In 1928, people were still dying from simple ailments like toothaches all the time.
Metallic Bar Used For Toothache?
One other thing that we have grown accustomed to is ice. Notice in the Charlie Chaplin movie that it was a cold day outside. My theory about this “time traveling cell phone extra” is that she had a toothache and was using something made of metal to apply something cold to her sore face. Notice the pained look on her face in the video as she looks around.
Medicine Was Crazy Back In the Day
If studying Cultural Anthropology taught me anything, it was that medicine was in the dark ages less than 100 years ago. The poor woman pictured in Charlie Chaplin’s film was probably sold some magnets and told that it would cure her. She most likely used one of the many remedies sold by apothecaries in the United States at the time. She most likely thought the cooling and ice-like effects of metals on her skin were beneficial.
Maybe People In Public Just Acted Weird Back Then
Lawrence Levine’s non-fiction work “High Brow and Low Brow” gives a look into the not-so-distant past, where being 45 made you an old man, people ate non-refrigerated food, and a toothache could easily kill you. Have you ever been around someone who has a fever? Now imagine there isn’t any penicillin or aspirin to take the fever down. Can you imagine that, not so long ago, there were tons of fever-induced concussive people just running around in the streets? Even worse, they took heroin to deal with their pain.
Her Name Is Mary and She Likes Cold Things
Perhaps the time traveler using a cell phone in Charlie Chaplin’s film was simply out of it, over it, and just liked to press cell phone-looking things against her head?
My question is this – If she was on her cell phone, what was she talking about and who was she talking to?