The Story Behind Continuity Errors

Another thing I like about continuity errors are the stories they imply.

If in one shot the sunglasses are on the face, and in the next they're on their head...

If in one shot they're leaning in smoking a cigar, and in the reverse shot they're leaning back with no cigar...

If in one shot they're bobbing their head, but in the next shot they're nodding their head...

If in one shot the wine glass is full, but in the next shot the wine glass is almost empty...

All these disruptions, these differences between the two adjacent shots, imply a story:

What happened??
What created the difference?

Was it incompetence?

Was it misdirection?

Was it a wild production?

Often these undertones, these windows into the soul of a movie, are far more interesting than the streamlined invisibility of perfect continuity (which is robot-like, cold, more silicon than blood).

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