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How did they make cars fall apart in old movies?

A staple of old Buster Keaton/Laurel and Hardy films is the car that falls completely apart, either when closing one of the doors or even when driving, like so: How exactly did they pull these ...
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How do they film the mirror scenes in movies?

It always makes me wonder how do they place the cameras and crew members while filming a scene which is opposite to a reflecting object, such as mirror. Because, when filming the reflected objects we ...
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To what extent are child actors exposed to the violent aspects of the movie they perform in?

Some movies feature child characters put in violent situations. This can range from crude language to extreme horror (e.g. torture, gore, etc.). As an example, Child's Play and its sequel has plenty ...
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What caused and ended the time loop in Groundhog Day?

I've always wondered what caused the Time Loop experienced by Phil Connors in Groundhog Day, as well as what ended it, but I don't recall it being discussed in the movie. What was the cause for the ...
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Why isn't Bruce Willis's character in the Sixth Sense self-aware?

Why doesn't Bruce Willis's character realize he is dead? If I remember correctly, the plot takes place several months after he is killed. Shouldn't there have been some clues during that time? They ...
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What's the difference between “and” and “&” in movie credits?

I recall hearing once that there was a difference (due to guild rules) between the use of "and" and "&" when discussing collaborations. For example, a film that has Screenplay by Bob Loblaw and ...
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Is the Unix operating system featured in Jurassic Park real?

When the film Jurassic Park came out, and I saw that scene where Ariana Richards is sitting in front of the computer and says; This is a Unix system. I know this. It's the files for the whole ...
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Why are films where the bad guy “wins” at the end so rare?

It seems that there is a rarity in films where the bad guy wins at the film's conclusion ("bad guys" being defined by the culture of the movie makers). By "win" I mean the good guy(s) have been ...
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Is the title “The Last Jedi” singular or plural?

As we all know, the plural of Jedi is Jedi. In my country (Poland) the local title ("Ostatni Jedi") also uses words that have the same singular and plural form, so it's not conclusive. How is it in ...
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Of all the movies and TV shows ever made, which of them is set furthest in the future?

Lately I've been comparing how futuristic-set TV shows & movies have evolved over time, and while doing so, I became curious of the following... What's the furthest-forward-in-time time period ...
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Why cast an A-lister for Groot?

I'm currently watching Guardians of the Galaxy on Netflix and as we know, Vin Diesel played Groot. The question. What's the point? I mean. Groot has a distorted voice, only says "I'm Groot" and ...
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Why does the talk show host always sit on the right?

With some possible exceptions, why do most talk show hosts always seem to be seated on the right with the guest on the left? Is there a particular reason for this or is it just how it is?
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Why didn't silent movies have subtitles?

Why were there no subtitles in the beginning of cinematography in silent movies? I know about intertitles but why were subtitles not common then? Were people not able to read that fast or did ...
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Why do people wear sunglasses in The Matrix?

Main characters in The Matrix wear sunglasses very often. Is there any explanation why? I have read a few theories on the Internet about it: actors constantly blink due to the gunfire they have ...
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Which version of Blade Runner is Blade Runner 2049 a sequel of?

I realise that this is a somewhat pedantic question, but: is it known precisely which version of Blade Runner (US theatrical release, international theatrical release, Director's Cut, Final Cut...) is ...
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How did Marty McFly and “Doc” Brown first meet?

They’re not related, they’re not neighbors, and they’re separated in age by at least five decades: So how did Marty McFly and “Doc” Brown first meet? This question has been bugging me from the moment ...
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How was “Hodor” adapted in other languages

Spoilers for episode 5 of season 6 "The Door". At the end of the episode we got to see how Wylis became Hodor and why all he can say is "Hodor". If you've watched the episode you know that but ...
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Why did filmmakers need permission to film in black and white?

According to IMDb, Producer Mel Brooks needed to obtain permission to film The Elephant Man in black and white. This film was executive produced by Mel Brooks, who was responsible for hiring ...
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Origin of movie trope where impaled character pulls/pushes blade/spear further into body?

Over the years there have been a number of films where the villain (e.g., Artemisia in 300: Rise of an Empire) or the hero (e.g., Arthur in Excalibur) have been impaled with a spear, blade, etc. ...
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Has a major film ever intentionally used live ammunition to film a scene?

I was imagining the other day that most war films and scenes are filmed with people faking shooting. Sometimes wars scenes are not even using blank rounds, like in Star Wars. This leads me to wonder ...
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Who was the oldest actor to play a teenager?

There's a common trope in Hollywood where teenagers are played by adult actors. But which TV show or movie set the absolute record in terms of the age difference between the role and the actor? To ...
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Why is the bride's name beeped in Kill Bill Vol 1?

In the movie Kill Bill Vol.1, whenever someone mentions the bride by her name Beatrix Kiddo Her name is censored with a beep. Is this explained somewhere in the movie? Or is it just a signature ...
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Why don't Marty's parents ever mention how similar he looks to the Marty of 1955?

Although Marty is only in 1955 for one week, he plays a pivotal role in getting his parents together. He even briefly dates his mother. So, considering he plays such a pivotal role, does it make sense ...
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Was Kirk and Uhura's kiss in Star Trek really the first interracial kiss on TV?

It's been widely stated that the Star Trek episode "Plato's Stepchildren", airing on 22 November 1968, had "the very first televised interracial kiss", which was between Kirk (William Shatner) and ...
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How did “Jack” (the narrator) manage to attract people to join Fight Club?

In Fight Club "Jack" (the narrator) and Tyler Durden pick a fight behind the bar and through that fight they manage to attract people to first join the fight and then after founding Fight Club, to ...
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How do actors stop breathing when playing “dead”?

I saw many movies when the actor/actress (in the movie) dies. In some movies you can tell that the picture is paused when it is on the dead character. But in other movies the actor is laying still ...
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Why does Doctor Strange not bind Thanos in a time loop?

Why does Doctor Strange not bind Thanos in a time loop in the same way as he did with Dormammu in the Doctor Strange movie?
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At which dream level did Inception end?

In the ending of Inception (2010), there is some doubt that Cobb is in real world. But if he is not in the real world then at which level of the dream he is in? Starting at the presumed 'real world' ...
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Is there any definitive evidence that Teddy was or was not crazy?

The ending of the film Shutter Island is purposely ambiguous, with two different interpretations: Teddy was crazy, and the whole movie was part of a role-play therapy. There is a conspiracy to ...
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How was this scene shot without hurting Charlie Chaplin?

In a scene from City Lights (1931), a man tries to commit suicide before Charlie Chaplin comes and saves him. But the man accidentally ties a rope to Chaplin's neck and throws the rock into the water ...
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Why do movies still have credits?

I asked my friends and none of them remembers having ever watched the credits after a movie to the end, except where the movie still continues after credits start rolling (short comic pieces or "what ...
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What significance does Mike Yanagita have in Fargo?

In the Coen brothers' movie "Fargo" the detective Marge Gunderson gets called by and meets an old schoolmate, Mike Yanagita. He tells her that he is widowed and tries to make a move on her. Later ...
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Why the greenish tint in the Matrix trilogy?

All the movies of the Matrix trilogy have this distinct greenish tint during most of the scenes. Though it can inferred that the greenish tint denotes the matrix, but I want to know why "greenish"? ...
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Why are the railings in Rivendell so low?

Rivendell is an Elven city. Frodo is a Hobbit, and much shorter than the Elves. The railing should appear much higher than it is. Was this simply a production gaffe, or is there an in-universe reason ...
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Why does Firefly include a scene with a missing yoke?

In the first episode of Firefly (Serenity), there's a scene where Serenity escapes from a pursuing Reaver ship. After they get away, there's a brief shot of Wash and Zoey while the other crew members ...
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Does this room exist in the Simpsons' house?

I found this cutaway of the ground floor of the Simpsons' house: But, I don't remember the top right room in any episode. Does it really exist, or is it made for the cutaway?
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What is going on in Mulholland Drive?

I know that David Lynch's movies are all very deep and hard to grasp and that probably there is no simple answer to this question, as there are different ways to interpret the movie. Still I would ...
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How accurate is this computer hardware in the movie Wall Street?

In the movie Wall Street, there are two monitors that look like some kind of computers with funny looking keypads. What are they? Did they really use this kind of equipment back then?
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How far did Forrest Gump run?

One day, Forrest just started running. He ran for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days and 16 hours. He slept, when he needed to, he ate when he was hungry and he went to, you know, when he needed to. How far ...
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Why are the Simpsons yellow?

I understand that all cartoons are generally a stylised drawing however many western style cartoons follow similar patterns. Why then are the Simpsons dawn in yellow? Why not pink like most other ...
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First movie with product placement?

We were watching The Goonies (1985) tonight and I noticed that in the initial scenes one of the characters is rather prominently holding a Pepsi in his hand. I know product placement has been a ...
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Why are the American flags backwards on the warden's uniform in Orange is the New Black?

Sadly, it needed me to get to the 4th season, till I recognized, that the American flags on the warden's uniform are wrong. They have the stars in the upper right corner, instead upleft. Is there a ...
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Alice growing effect in 1972 “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” - how was it done? It's not green screen

How was this scaling effect done? I've linked to the timecode of the moment. It's at 00:27:02 My first assumption would have been green screen, but it's clearly not -...
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Why are “blockbusters” called blockbusters?

I have just been reading Wiki on the term "Blockbuster" popularly used to describe a highly popular action movie. Here is an excerpt: "...a fast-paced exciting entertainment, almost a genre. ...
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In what spot would the new Star Wars movie “Rogue One” go in the Machete Order?

Last time I watched all Star Wars movies in one go was a couple of years ago. I then watched them in the Machete Order, which is IV, V, II, III, VI. Then I watched Episode VII, without seeing any of ...
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How do actors memorize extremely long scripts?

I have always wondered, how do actors memorize very long scripts? Do they somehow read them or is it an absolute must to have an incredible memory to become an actor?
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Do Sheldon's equations reflect real math/physics research?

In the first season of the Big Bang Theory, the equations on Sheldon's whiteboard change over time and in each episode there's a different equation; so they put someone in charge to show that there's ...
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Are there any indications why Roddenberry chose to make Star Trek a “battleship universe”?

Star Trek focuses on large, slow (in local space, anyway) ships which behave like battleships. As a counter-example, Battlestar Galactica was in an "aircraft carrier universe", where the big ships ...
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Is it true that none of the cast knew what to expect in the famous “chestburster scene” in Alien?

According to legend John Hurt's fellow cast members did not know what to expect in the famous "chestburster scene" in Alien. That seems hard to believe, considering this scene must have been in the ...
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What is the real reason for the Joker's scars?

In The Dark Knight, The Joker told different reasons for the scars on his cheeks. Initially he said that his father gave him the cuts on his cheek as a child after his father performed the same act on ...

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