Midnight in Paris (2011) Poster


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Zelda Fitzgerald says to Gil, "You have a glazed look in your eye, stunned, stupefied, anesthetized, lobotomized..." Lobotomies were introduced in 1935.
Getrude Stein refers to 'science fiction'. In the 1920s, the usual term was 'scientific romance', although Hugo Gernsback (editor of the first sf magazine, Amazing Stories, first published April 1926) unsuccessfully attempted to popularise 'scientifiction'. 'Science fiction' wasn't coined until the 1930s.
Gil and Adriana dance to the tune of the song 'Parlez-moi d'Amour', not written until 1930.
At one point Gil says that F. Scott Fitzgerald explained the concept of "cognitive dissonance" to him. This term was not in wide use until the 1950s. Gil was referring to a quotation often attributed to Fitzgerald: "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."
When Gil and Adriana are walking in Pigalle among the prostitutes, modern 'bumpy' paving stones for blind people can be clearly seen as they cross the road.
In a scene set in the 1920s, the small bollards lining the kerbs to prevent cars from parking with two wheels on the pavement can be seen - they were installed in the 1990s.
In the scene with Dali the bottle of Chateau Haut Brion on the table is of shape not adopted by the property until 1958.
The song "La Conga Blicoti" by Josephine Baker was released in 1936, not the 20s.

Character error 

The hotel physician called to attend John was going to listen to his heart, and he was using a Littmann stethoscope. He inserted it so that the slant of the earpieces was backwards. A person's ear canals slant toward the front and the earpieces were angled toward the rear.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the opening titles, a girl crossing Champs-Élysées at a traffic light is waving to the camera.
When the Doctor is checking John's Blood Pressure in the hotel room, you can see that he doesn't put the Blood Pressure Cuff on properly. Then, when the doctor is finished the Blood Pressure Cuff slides on John's arm. In reality it is put on tight initially and wouldn't slide when fully deflated.
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Factual errors 

Gil first meets Hemingway at the Parisian restaurant "Le Polidor". Upon exiting the restaurant he discovers he is back in 2010 when he finds a laundrette at the place of the restaurant. In the actual 2010 Paris, the restaurant still exists.

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