Continuity mistake: In the rain scene after Guido & his princess are in the rain, the steering wheel becomes detached, and he holds it up, and you see hardware still connected to the steering wheel. When he puts the pillow on top of it for her to use as an umbrella, you don't see the hardware. During this scene, Guido places the pillow directly on top of the steering wheel, and in the following shots, you don't see the actual steering wheel; only the stick.
Continuity mistake: When Guido is caught in the spotlight during the liberation of the camp, he climbs down from his hiding place on the wall and falls to the ground. When the guard prods him to stand up the blanket around his waist hangs down to his feet, but when the camera cuts away and back just before he starts walking, it is several inches shorter. When he play marches for Giosuè it is hiked up even farther.
Other mistake: When Giosuè discovers the German boy in the metal box Guido says that his name is Schwarz (Black). The German subtitles translate the name as Schwanz (Tail or - rather - Dick), and that's how both Guido and Giosuè refer to the boy later. Even if the different naming later was intended the first subtitling was too anticipatory.
01:33:50 - 01:45:50NancyFelix
Plot hole: When Giosuè acts as a silent German boy and joins the coffee party Guido talks to him in Italian quite loudly while he is eating. The two German children sitting at the same table should have noticed something and, if not give him away, at least be somewhat surprised.
Other mistake: When Guido drops Dora at home after he had "kidnapped" her from the opera the rain has stopped. She mentions his wet hat, he takes it off and puts it back on, and when he bends forward a substantial trickle comes running off the brim. There should be no water left (if any) after he had taken the hat off.
Continuity mistake: When Guido and Giosuè enter the barrack there are symmetrical rows of bunk beds on both sides. When Guido returns after his first day of labor there's a shot of the door where the end of the left row of bunk beds isn't visible even though the perspective should include it.
01:11:35 - 01:17:10NancyFelix
Continuity mistake: When Guido and Giosuè speak over the camp's public address system the sun is shining from a cloudless sky. Also when Dora hears them, stops working and walks to the door the sun is in her face. However, when she stands in the door the sunlight is gone, to be back in her face in the following close-up.
Other mistake: When Guido decides to leave the camp with Giosue, he stops by the box Giosue will hide in, and says they will win 60 points if they get through the night. When Giosue asks how many points they have ("Quanti punti abbiamo?"), you can see Guido mouth " - ti abbiamo" along with Giosue.
Continuity mistake: When Guido is being trained as a waiter by his uncle, Guido walks off "pretending to attend to a customer call" for the first time, there is a woman behind him walking behind to the left with a small pile of towels. The 2nd time Guido does this routine, just a few seconds later, the same woman walks behind him again, with the same pile of towels.
Revealing mistake: When Guido acts as the school inspector he is wearing jacket and trousers and a sash rather tightly through his crotch. After the camera cuts to the approaching real school inspector for a few seconds Guido has gotten rid of trousers and jacket, but the sash is still in place, a feat worthy of the great Houdini.
Continuity mistake: When the brakes of Guido's and Ferrucio's car fail while going downhill and they take a direct route through the thicket the windshield gets covered with branches and twigs. When they arrive at the town and Guido is standing up looking over the blocked windshield the camera cuts to a close-up where suddenly one branch stands high up right in front of Guido.
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