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(1940)

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When the Narrator and Maxim marry, he gives her a large bunch of flowers. She repeats "Perfectly lovely", but the second time, her lips do not move.
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Character error 

When de Winter is showing the honeymoon film, he tells Mrs. de Winter "this is where I set the camera up on the tripod". However, the image they're watching zooms in (this is before the cinematographic image zooms in on the entire film-viewing scene in the movie, itself). Since the camera was on a tripod, it wouldn't have been able to zoom by itself since de Winter was posing with his wife at the time, not adjusting the camera.
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The word pamplemousse (French for grapefruit) is incorrectly spelled as 'pamplemouse' in the Princesse Hotel Monte Carlo menu toward the beginning of the film.
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Impossible police procedure: immediately after the inquest, the Chief Constable starts a possible murder inquiry, on his own, taking the chief suspect with him. This error is copied from the novel.
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Continuity 

When the new Mrs. De Winter first enters the room to do her correspondence, there are three books on the table. An establishing shot shows that the book on the left is labeled "menus", and the one in the center is labeled "addresses". Mrs. de Winter picks up the one on the left, and it is now revealed in a close-up to read "addresses" on the cover.
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In the Monte-Carlo Hotel Lounge, the Narrator and Mrs Van Hopper are having coffee. The Narrator's coffee cup, then a newspaper are in her right hand between shots without sufficient time or obvious motion to change them.
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After the luncheon, de Winter and the Narrator are standing on the steps waving goodbye; Jasper the dog moves from one side of the steps to the other between shots.
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Frank's hand holding the letter jumps from in front of the filing cabinet to resting on top of it.
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During the dining scene after the second Mrs. de Winter knocks over the vase, the neckline of her blouse goes from untidy to perfectly neat between shots.
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When the de Winters first arrive at Manderlay and have got wet in the rain, Mrs de Winters's hair alternates between being almost dry to being rather wet.
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The Narrator follows Jasper to the cottage. When she sees Jasper, he is standing up, barking in front of the door. She approaches the door and the dog is now lying to one side.
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When Mrs. Van Hopper begins to put out her cigarette into the cold cream jar, the jar already has a cigarette in it. At the closeup of the jar, the original cigarette is gone. She puts in a cigarette at an odd angle but when the close up is over, we again see only the original one.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Camera dollying back from Mrs. de Winter sitting on a chair brushes some flowers on a table.
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Errors in geography 

Twice during the movie, Maxim leaves Manderley to travel to London, once by train and another by car. On each occasion, he manages to get back before dark. Manderley is in Cornwall, as far from London as you can get, and even with 21st century roads, cars and trains, that feat would be impossible. This error is copied from the novel.
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The large map on the courtroom wall is a map of the Americas. It is grossly implausible that such a map would be on the wall of an English courtroom.
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George is driving on the left-hand side of the road outside Monte Carlo.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the outside take of Manderley seen in the scene where the Narrator stares at one window being closed, it's a miniature, as is the 'Mrs Danvers' dummy dressed in black. You can realize this by the motion of the window as it's being closed, not in a continuous way, but by little fast jumps, which look too unreal.
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At the inquest, when Ben begins to testify, the clock reads 11:48. A few minutes later when Mr. de Winter is recalled, it reads 1:53. But then when Mrs de Winter faints, the clock reads 11:48 once again.
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Walking back from the beach, the background moves much more quickly than the characters.
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When Mr. and Mrs. de Winter first arrive at Manderley, it begins to rain -- but the sun remains shining while it's raining.
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