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Did 'Little Women' accidentally leave two very modern props in shot?

Given that the film was set in 1868, these receptacles probably shouldn't be there

The past year saw a record number of films with female leads or co-leads, such as Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women'. AP
The past year saw a record number of films with female leads or co-leads, such as Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women'. AP

It may have already been around for four months, but eagle-eyed filmgoers have now noticed two very modern props in Greta Gerwig's 2019 adaptation of Little Women.

The latest iteration of the mid-19th-century tale, starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Meryl Streep and Timothee Chalamet, was a hit when it released in US cinemas in December, and in the UAE's in January.

But it wasn't until now, that film buffs have noticed a potential blunder – as it seems as though not one, but two items that definitely were not around at the end of the American Civil War, were left in shot.

Perceptive fans pointed out a very dark and very grainy, yet distinguishable, plastic water bottle and thermal flask, in the background of a scene.

The offending liquid receptacles appear around the 39-minute mark, next to Chalamet, as his character Laurie speaks with Pugh's Amy.

And considering the events of the beloved-tale, which was initially a novel written by Louisa May Alcott, take place in 1868, we can't imagine plastic, or flasks, were being left on tables or mantlepieces back then.

But the Little Women crew shouldn't feel too silly, as they're in esteemed company when it comes to being slightly before-the-times with airing certain props.

Last year, Game of Thrones fans set the internet alight after the airing of the season eight episode, The Last of the Starks, seemed to introduce a new and wholly unexpected character: a takeaway coffee cup, accidentally left on a table.

HBO had the cup edited out of the scene for repeat showings as soon as it was spotted by eagle-eyed viewers, but the controversy was huge.

So huge, in fact, it even prompted HBO to comment on the gaffe.

"The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake," the company said in a statement.

"Daenerys had ordered a herbal tea."

Here's hoping Greta Gerwig weighs in on Laurie needing a warm soup, or Amy having accidentally inventing plastic in the mid 1800s.


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Updated: March 31, 2020 07:37 PM



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