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The Pianist (2002) Poster

(2002)

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Anachronisms 

In 1939, a radio plays Joseph Goebbels Sports Palace speech. Goebbels delivered that speech February 18th, 1943.
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When Szpilman is playing in the closing scenes, the piano's "Steinway & Sons" logo is the style first used in the 1990s.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After the hospital near Szpilman's hideout bursts into flames, a German holds two Polish resistance fighters at gunpoint. When they escape, the German fires his rifle, a bolt-action Karibiner 98k, which then makes the sound of a shotgun being pumped.
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When the German officer slaps Szpilman's father, the officer is wearing gloves which would not have made a sharp sound.
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Continuity 

When Szpilman crawls past the woman who was shot in the back and died kneeling in front of the hospital, before she reached the staircase, she has moved in front of the stairs.
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When Szpilman goes to his friend of last resort for help, it is deep winter, with snow. A bunch of fresh yellow roses are on the table. The next morning, the roses are apricot-colored.
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When Szpilman crosses the bridge, an extra in glasses passes him twice.
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The tin of gherkins Szpilman finds in the destroyed house changes size between shots.
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When Szpilman is forced to leave his first hiding place after breaking the dishes, he has significant stubble on his face. However, when he reaches Dorota's apartment in the next scene, he's clean shaven.
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When Szpilman is told he has to leave the first apartment he's hiding in, his hair is parted and hanging down either side of his face. In the next shot, when he sits down to try to smoke the cigarette, his hair is combed back with no part visible.
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When Szpilman is forced to leave his first hiding place after breaking the dishes, he encounters an angry woman is the hallway who asks for an identity card and seems ready to turn him in as a Jew. He is forced to rush past her to escape. But once he's outside the front door he seems relatively calm--she couldn't just chase after him?
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Factual errors 

When Germans parade around after capturing Warsaw, they go down Nowy Swiat street. Before and during the war, the street had a tram route. The street has shown has no tracks.
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When Szpilman watching situation on street from his 2nd shelter, one of captured couple start running from soldier. The man apparently escaped, but woman was shot to her back. It took couple seconds from shot until she finally dropped to her knees and lean forward dead, so from the camera viewpoint the blood stream on her back should draw number "7", not a straight line slightly upward (agains gravity).
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The German sergeant opens the sack of beans with a bayonet that is not German issue. It appears to be a Turkish Model 1890 bayonet. However, in war it's common for soldiers to use a weapon stolen or bought from another country if their own supplies are low.
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Revealing mistakes 

Near the end of the movie, Szpilman leaves the house where he has been hiding for a while. Warsaw is completely destroyed, and all buildings are in shambles, but all the streetlight poles are perfectly straight.
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Szpilman walks in formation along the street with a group of Jewish workmen. A German officer selects various men and executes them one by one by shooting them in the head. As the last man is shot, the hollow sound of a spent shell casing striking the ground is heard, but a complete cartridge with the bullet falls to the ground. A closer look will reveal it is actually a spent blank cartridge.
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When Dorota and her husband visit Szpilman in his apartment, they see he has jaundice. Dorota soaks a dishcloth in water andoth up, her dress has no damp spots on it.
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