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The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) Poster

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Anachronisms 

Essex twice compares Elizabeth to her father, speaking of Henry VIII as if from personal acquaintance, though Henry died in 1547 and Essex was born in 1565.
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The movie depicts Lord Burleigh being alive at the time of Essex's insurrection in 1601 however, Burleigh died in 1598.
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Continuity 

Elizabeth completely smashes a mirror but in next shot a large shard of it still remains in the frame.
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Factual errors 

The real Robert Cecil was small and had a curved spine, and was one of Queen Elizabeth's chief counselors, not the supercilious character portrayed in this film, or in Maxwell Anderson's original play. The queen would affectionately refer to him as "my dwarf". He is more accurately portrayed in the TV miniseries Elizabeth I.
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Details of some historical characters and events have been changed to fit the dramatic narrative.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the horseman rides up to the "Red Lion" inn, a gorgeous sunset is behind him; the shadow he casts is inconsistent with the placement of the sun, revealing this sunset to not have been in the original shot.
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