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East of Eden (1955) Poster

(1955)

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Anachronisms 

During WWI, a band organ at the carnival plays "Ain't She Sweet", which is from 1927.
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Early in the movie after Cal rides the train to Salina, you can see a modern day automobile in the upper right of the scene showing the view of a field.
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During WWI, a band organ at the carnival plays "Ain't We Got Fun", which is from 1921.
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In one scene, a band plays "Avalon". The film is set in 1917. "Avalon" was not published until 1920.
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The film is set in 1917, but the hairstyles of both Cal and Aron are both obviously contemporary hairstyles of young men in the 1950s.
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The playing of a 1927 song in the 1940s ("Ain't She Sweet") is not an anachronism. Playing a 1940's song in 1927 is. "Ain't She Sweet" has been recorded dozens of times since it's introduction, up to 1990.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After his fight with Aron, Cal goes into a bar to get drunk, a short time after arriving, he says to the barman "Fix me another drink," Cal's lips don't move when he says that.
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When Cal is leaving Kate's office, we can hear the doorknob, but in the mirror on the wall we cannot see him.
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Boom mic visible 

When Adam Trask is being shown how to operate the car he is going to buy, the mechanic takes Adam to the front of the car to show him how to use the manual hand crank. You can see the boom mic in the reflection of the cars front windshield.
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Continuity 

While Cal is talking to Abra on the roof, in the close-ups, the light in her bedroom is seemingly on, whereas in the wide shot, her room is pitch black.
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Near the beginning of the movie after Cal climbs up on the train, the position of the sleeves around his neck changes between shots. Also the long shot shows him covering his arms with the jumper, but in the close shot his arms are still outside.
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At one point, when the Ferris wheel has stopped, Cal jumps off to help Aron. In one of the next shots the wheel is shown moving again.
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Towards the end of the movie, the window that Aron breaks is different between shots.
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Will Hamilton's shorts are visible at one point as he is drying off and talking to Cal after his shower.
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Aron's hair changes from the shot when the sheriff is on the Albrecht's porch (just after the fight) to the next, when he asks Abra "Where were you?"
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Revealing mistakes 

Sam the sheriff drives Cal home at the beginning of the film in a right-hand drive car.
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