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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) Poster

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Anachronisms 

King Louis XI, a monarch of the 15th century, is addressed as His Majesty. The first monarch to receive the title of Majesty was Emperor Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire=Germany in the 16th century.
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In this story set in 15th century France, a character wears glasses kept in place with strings that loop around the ears. That type of eyeglasses was invented in Spain during the reign of Philip II in the 16th century.
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Esmeralda is tortured in a class of iron vise called the boot, or "brodequins," that is tightened around her foot by screws to crush bones. Actually, Victor Hugo's text notwithstanding, this type of boot did not exist in the 15th century. The boot was conducted by binding a close arrangement of carefully shaped wooden boards around the naked foot and calf of the victim, after which thin, sharp wooden wedges were slowly hammered into the boot, increasing the pressure until the foot bones shattered.
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Boom mic visible 

Near the end, in the king's chambers when meeting with Frollo and the Archdeacon, the boom mic shadow follows the king onto a book-stand, then when noticed, it is pulled back.
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Continuity 

As Quasimodo decides to pour molten metal on the rioters, he dances around the cauldron saying "Molten metal" three times. However, his mouth never moves.
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While watching a festival, the king and an advisor are sitting about two feet from one another. A moment later, they are inches apart.
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While examining the new invention of a printing press, the king is grasping a pendant around his neck. A moment later, his hands are down.
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Factual errors 

The Cathedral is shown as having a full flight of steps up to the front doors. Notre Dame has always been more or less level with the square (le Parvis).
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The prologue tells us the story takes place in the 15th century during the reign of King Louis IX. Louis IX reigned from 1226-1270. However, the end credits correctly lists Harry Davenport as having played King Louis XI, who reigned during the period the story takes place, from 1461-1483.
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Revealing mistakes 

After Quasimodo dumps the molten metal on the crowd below him, he sits on the wall with the sky in the background. Creases in the painted backdrop are clearly visible, as well as the backdrop fabric.
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Quasimodo's misplaced eye never moves or blinks, belying the fact that it is a prosthetic.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

The shot of Frollo's now-dead body is the same shot used before of the dead bodies of two beggars.
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Revealing mistakes 

Obvious stunt double for Frollo as he struggles with Quasimodo near the end of the film.
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