Belfast filmmaker’s YouTube video finds cell phone mystery in 1928 Charlie Chaplin clip

But who was she talking too? And oh, those roaming charges! Belfast filmmaker George Clarke is a big Charlie Chaplin fan and as he studied newsreel footage shot outside of Grauman's Chinese Theater at the opening of Chaplin’s 1928 film “The Circus,” he saw something he couldn’t explain. Showed it to 100 people. They couldn’t explain it either, but all agreed that it sure looks like a woman talking on a cell phone...82 years ago. Evidence of a time traveler? Here’s an excerpt of the YouTube clip he posted a few weeks ago.

Clarke is the founder of Yellow Fever Productions which has won awards for their film features and also produces the Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival. The company’s motto is the Albert Einstein quote “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

In a longer clip of his just unearthed film mystery, Clarke provides the backstory to his discovery while dissecting the clip with Zapruder-worthy intensity.

Time traveler seems a stretch, but it's an odd little archaic artifact and it sure has gotten a lot more people aware of Belfast filmmaker George Clarke and Yellow Fever Productions.

What's your theory?

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