A man holds a child of about 10 or 11 months so the child can stand on a table and look down into a large clear goldfish bowl, nearly full of water, with two goldfish swimming in it. The ... See full summary »
Outdoors, with a nondescript building in the background, four men stand, each holding the corner of a blanket stretched parallel to the ground. They wear the clothes of laborers. By the ... See full summary »
A man dressed in red is ushered into an antechamber in a Castle and offered a seat. When he tried to sit down the chair moves to the other side of the room causing the man to fall on the ... See full summary »
A stationary camera looks across the boulevard at a diagonal toward one corner of Lyon's Cordeliers' Square. It's a long shot, with a great deal of depth of focus. We can see the sky and ... See full summary »
Two men are playing a friendly game of cards, while a third man sits at the same table and watches them. As the game proceeds, a waiter brings a tray with a bottle and some glasses. The spectator pours the drinks, while the waiter turns his attention to the game, which he finds quite entertaining. Written by
Partie de cartes is one of the earliest films I've reviewed here
Among the films in the "Saved from the Flames" DVD collection that have been preserved is this hand-colored item that's little more than a minute and just depicts some men playing cards with a waiter serving them some drinks. What makes this historical is that this was from what was considered cinema's first year-1895-and was made by pioneers August and Louis Lumiere. Like many of their films, this was just a candid look at people doing everyday things and nothing else. So what fascinated me was how natural the people doing their thing looked and no one seemed to realized they were being photographed. There were a couple of other Lumiere works on the DVD that were of similar naturalness. So on that note, Partie de cartes is worth a look for historical reasons.
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