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My Week with Marilyn (2011) Poster

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Continuity 

The beauty spot on Marilyn's face is missing in one scene and moves from the left to the right side of her face in at least one scene.
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In addition to the continuity error about the anamorphic lens seen in the preview theatre two different versions of the rushes are shown in that scene. When Olivier and Vivien Leigh are watching they are looking at a very wide cinemascopic version but, when it cuts to a different angle as they stand up to leave, the image is more of a 16:9 ratio.
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Factual errors 

In the opening sequence, Marilyn appears singing "Heat Wave" in the screen of a movie theater. She sang that Irving Berlin song in There's No Business Like Show Business with a totally different set and costumes.
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Greene tells Colin that he's known Marilyn for seven years. Greene and Marilyn met for the first time in 1953 when he shot her on assignment for Look Magazine, three years before the movie takes place.
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The Union man tells Colin that Marilyn will need a bodyguard. Scotland Yard assigned a bodyguard to Marilyn and Arthur Miller during the duration of their stay in England, over their objections.
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Greene tells Colin that he and Marilyn had an affair. This claim was made years after Marilyn and Greene had died, and has no basis in fact.
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A frustrated Olivier tells Colin that he should have cast Vivien to play Elsie instead of Marilyn. Marilyn bought the rights to "The Sleeping Prince" from its author Terence Rattigan, and hired Olivier, who agreed to co-produce the film, to direct; she could not be replaced.
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Miscellaneous 

In the closing credits, the word "Love" in the title of the song "When Love Goes Wrong (Nothing Goes Right)" is misspelled as "Loves".
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Revealing mistakes 

On the label of one of the medicine bottles next to Marilyn's bed, the branded barbiturate Tuinal is misspelled as "Tunial".
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On Colin and Lucy's first date (dancing in the nightclub), the image is briefly transposed (seen in the musicians' positions on the stage and the bassist's temporary left-handedness).
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In the sign on the Dog & Duck, the word "accommodation" is incorrectly spelled.
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In the screening room sequences, a close up of the projector lens reveals an anamorphic lens, which would be projecting the image in Cinemascope. "The Prince & The Showgirl" is not a wide-screen movie and rather shot in full academy, 1.37:1 aspect ratio. Furthermore, when the dailies are shown on screen, the image looks closer to 1.85:1, much wider than the original format of the movie.
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