Continuity mistake: When Danielle is climbing down the tree, in the overhead shot the Gypsy is holding the sword in his right hand with Danielle's dress held up high on the sword tip as he thanks her, but next shot he's gripping the dress in his raised left hand. (More visible on fullscreen DVD.)
Visible crew/equipment: After the Baroness is stripped of her title, Danielle makes her entrance and everyone bows. When her stepmother has turned to face her, as everyone rises the actor's T-mark taped to the floor is visible to Jacqueline's right, behind the former Baroness. (Only visible on fullscreen DVD.)
Continuity mistake: When Prince Henry first approaches Leonardo da Vinci and then chases after the thief, the horse he rides on is dark bay in color and has no markings on its face. After he shouts, "Ugly peasant bastard!" in Henry's next close-up he rides a black horse with a white 'L' shape mark between its eyes.
Visible crew/equipment: In the market scene when Prince Henry almost sees Danielle and she throws the chicken at him, because they didn't want to injure Dougray Scott, who plays Henry, they put a glass plate in front of him so the chicken would not harm him. If you pause it right after Danielle throws the chicken, you can see the reflection of the chicken's legs towards the right of the screen.
Revealing mistake: When the Grimm brothers' carriage pulls away from the castle, after Danielle's story is told, just before the screen fades to black, a blue car with a white top (and a couple more nondescript), can be seen parked in front of the building with a brown roof, at the bottom of the screen towards the right.
Visible crew/equipment: Near the end, when Rodmilla and her daughters are requested to appear before King Francis, in the first shot facing the king and queen, there is a beige narrow mat in front of the large patterned rug, which is not in previous or following shots, specifically used for crew/camera tracking.
Continuity mistake: After Marguerite tastes the chocolate, when Henry walks over to Louise and Paulette, Louise holds an abundant armful of corn ears in the shot facing the women. In the shot facing Henry, as she turns her body there is nothing in her left arm, but then the corn is back for her to toss.
Continuity mistake: At the manor, when Leonardo da Vinci hugs Danielle and says, "Think of it as a belated wedding present, Your Highness," the distinctive wood chair (more are seen all over the manor) is under the side window behind him, also visible as Danielle takes Henry's hands and pulls him towards the alcove with the two windows. Next shot, however, that chair is gone from behind Danielle (where the side window is) and there is only a wood table in front of the center window.
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Continuity mistake: Prince Henry rides up to the manor to return the horse to the Baroness, and when Marguerite and Jacqueline stumble over themselves to greet the Prince, Marguerite's long hair braid ends up over her head beside her cheek, which she promptly flips to the back of her head. Yet, this braid reappears and disappears repeatedly in the following shots.
Factual error: Leonardo da Vinci's painting, the Mona Lisa, was originally painted on wood, impossible for it to have been unrolled after taking it out of the canister. Also, if it hadn't been painted on wood, it would have been painted on canvas, which doesn't stay partially rolled after you take it out of a tube of some kind. It would not have been painted on paper.
Continuity mistake: When Prince Henry and Marguerite are touring the marketplace, just before they arrive at Danielle's stall, Marguerite gets Henry to feed her some chocolate. While the shot is on her, you can see his hand reaching for some chocolate. The shot switches to his face, and then back to her, where his hand goes for the chocolate again.
Continuity mistake: During the scene where Danielle is swimming, in the shot where DaVinci walks past her and says, "It looks like rain," the bottoms of his 'shoes' are flat, but in the shot where he and Danielle are exiting the water they have a fin shaped bottom. This also proves he was walking in a shallow pool of water.
Visible crew/equipment: When Danielle rushes upstairs to finish serving the breakfast, she says, "Good morning Madame, Marguerite, Jacqueline. I trust you slept well." Just as Danielle places the bowl of eggs in front of Marguerite, the actor's blue T-mark taped to the floor is visible under the table, as the camera pans around. The tape mark is positioned between the Baroness and Jacqueline, where Danielle will be standing momentarily. (Only visible on fullscreen DVD.)
Continuity mistake: When Henry stops the wedding and allows the Spanish princess to run to her real love, there's a shot where he's taking off his cape. When it switches to the shot with Henry in the background as she's hugging her real love, Prince Henry is just starting to take off his cape again.
Continuity mistake: Just before Danielle is sold, she has a conversation with her evil stepmother in a narrow pathway in the garden. In the shots of the stepmother speaking, her hands are on her hips but when the shot changes to Danielle, so we see the back of the stepmother, the stepmother's hands are not on her hips anymore until the shot returns to her front. This goes back and forth a few times.
Continuity mistake: While Danielle is up in the tree, when Henry is punched by the Gypsy and lands on his back, the Gypsy draws his two swords and holds them up high. However, when Henry says, "Oh no, it's you again," both of the Gypsy's swords are sheathed and his hands are down. Then, when Henry draws his own sword, the Gypsy's swords are still held up high.
Continuity mistake: When Marguerite threatens to toss 'Utopia' into the fireplace, she holds the book out to her left, where the fireplace and its roaring fire are located. When Danielle hands over the glass slippers, Marguerite moves her arm from her side and proceeds to forcefully throw the book down directly in front of her (between Marguerite and Danielle, who face each other). Odd though, how in the next close-up 'Utopia' is shown having been tossed straight into the fire to burn, as Danielle screams.
Continuity mistake: Before Auguste De Barbarac arrives home, from the upstairs window young Danielle is speaking to young Gustave, who is down below. The window/frame/hinge differ between exterior shots facing Danielle and the interior shots facing the courtyard. The wallpaper is an entirely different print as well, and the silver pitcher does its own vanishing act.
Visible crew/equipment: The morning after the masque, after Danielle shouts, "I have done everything you have ever asked me to do, and still you've denied me the only thing I ever wanted," in the next shot facing Rodmilla as she walks forward, her white tape T-mark is visible on the grass behind her. (A bit of it was also visible when she first approached her mark.)
Factual error: Chocolate started getting known in France in the 17th century, under Louis XIV. Since the movie takes place about a hundred years before that, Marguerite eating it is an anachronism. Even if she somehow got hold of some, at first chocolate was only a drink - it took a while longer before people started eating it.
Continuity mistake: When Danielle is behind the four-paneled privacy screen, as she tosses her dress over it, there is a painting which hangs on the wall, about a foot away from the window to her right. When Gustave tosses the 'courtier' gown to her, the painting is gone, though it should actually be visible if it were there.
Continuity mistake: In the first scene, the king asks Henry "what's this about a servant". During this shot he takes a few steps forward. Then the scene cuts to Henry and we can see the King in the background, again taking some steps forward and saying something, yet nothing can be heard.
Continuity mistake: When Auguste is lying on the ground after falling from the horse, Rodmilla turns him over onto his back. In the two shots facing up towards Rodmilla and Danielle, Auguste's right arm is lying across his chest with Danielle holding his right hand, but in shots facing down towards Auguste, his right arm is outstretched on the ground, up near his head. Additionally, in the same shots Danielle goes back and forth from leaning her left hand on the ground at her side, to having her left hand in front of her, on her father's chest.
Audio problem: When Danielle brings the salt to the dining table, the Baroness sprinkles a spoonful of salt over the single shelled hard-boiled egg in the bowl, with its removed cracked shell lying on the plate beneath. After the stepmother rebukes Danielle, we hear the distinct sound of her cracking the hard-boiled egg's shell with her spoon, just before she says, "Eggs are cold," even though the egg has no shell.
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Continuity mistake: Before church services, when the Baroness and her daughters step out of the carriage they are met by the Royal Page, who has the hidden pendant. In shots facing the Baroness, he is holding his bag in his arm with its cord dangling, but in shots facing him that bag's cord is slung over his shoulder.
Factual error: Danielle is hardly as common a name in French as in English, and relatively recent (a few hundred years at the most). The following information is taken from "L'histoire de nos prénoms : 2000 ans, 20 000 prénoms", by Léo Journiaux, published in 1999 by Hachette. Ever since the Middle Ages, the clergy had forbidden Frechmen to choose first names other than those of saints. In fact, the Council of Trente turned that clergy rule into law, which means since there was no St. Daniel or Ste. Danielle, Daniel and Danielle could not be bestowed on Catholic babies. You have to wait for the French Revolution (decree from March 24, 1793) for names other than saints' to be allowed in France. In the end, French parents had to wait for 1993 (this is not a typo) to be able to name their child whatever they wanted: before that, each baby's name had first to be approved by the civil registry administration. In fact, in 1970, a man from Dijon was denied the right to call his daughter Vanessa. Now, Danielle in the movie has to be a Catholic, or else Henry (being crown prince) wouldn't have been able to marry her. As a Catholic from the 1500s, she could not possibly have had a name that isn't a saint's name. Thus, calling her Danielle is an anachronism. Here is a rough translation of the "Daniel" entry in the abovementioned book. The entry for Danielle refers us to Daniel, in which is provided all the etymological information. "Daniel--masculine. Name in use in Europe since the 4th century A.D. The Protestant Reform allowed it to spread in Germany, but especially in England. In Scotland, where it's the translation for Donald, it was the 22nd most popular name for males in 1935. In France, it was first authorised by the law instated on April 1st, 1803.
Visible crew/equipment: After Auguste rides away the Baroness tells her daughters to go back to their lessons, and when Danielle says, "Wait, it's tradition," the Baroness stops and just as she turns the actor's mark is visible at he feet, in front of her gown. (Only visible on fullscreen DVD.)
Visible crew/equipment: After da Vinci removes the door's hinge pins to rescue Danielle, in the next shot as Gustave walks toward Danielle with his arms open, an actor's mark is visible on the floor precisely where da Vinci stops to speak to Danielle. (Only visible on fullscreen DVD.)
Continuity mistake: When Auguste dies, the Baroness cries, "No!" and puts her right hand up to her mouth, then uses both hands to shake him as she pleads, "You cannot leave me here!" Next shot her hand is back up to her mouth, but when it cuts again she is still shaking him as she pleads, "You cannot leave me here!"
Continuity mistake: When Danielle is about to leave the ruins at Amboise, as she and Henry kiss her arm is around his waist, but next shot when she moans in pain (from the lashes on her back) her arm is between them, then it's back around his waist. (Only visible on fullscreen DVD.)
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Continuity mistake: Danielle is given a lashing on her back which results in many scars, some of which are level with her shoulder blades (scapula). The next day, when she appears at the masque in the low-backed gown, what we see of her back is completely scarless, though they cannot have already healed.
Visible crew/equipment: When Auguste is leaving the manor he kisses the Baroness, and at the start of the next shot as he begins to speak to the three girls, the reddish actor's mark becomes visible in front of the Baroness' feet as her gown moves when she turns. (Only visible on fullscreen DVD.)
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