A time slip in "Midnight in Paris"
July 21, 2012 8:13 AM Subscribe
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Woody Allen's 2011 movie Midnight in Paris
tells the story of a modern-day character repeatedly finding himself in the 1920s, in a kind of temporary time travel. As it turns out, this is a real-life phenomenon known as a time slip
. Perhaps the most famous documented case was from 1901, at the Palace of Versailles.
Known as the Moberly–Jourdain incident
, it's named after the two women who had the experience while visiting Versailles. After getting lost on their tour they found themselves in an unfamiliar part of the grounds and felt a growing sense of unease. They saw several people who they believed were historical figures - possibly including Marie Antoinette - before finding their way back to the tour group. In 1911 they published An Adventure
, a book recounting their experience. Wikipedia reports that the book and the authors were widely ridiculed. A 1981 TV movie, Miss Morison's Ghosts
, depicted the incident and its effect on the women's lives.
Interestingly, Midnight in Paris
references the incident explicitly in a scene in which a character finds himself in a time slip in Versailles.