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The Messers. Lumière at Cards (1896)
"Partie d'écarté" (original title)

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Two men play cards, as a third watches and a waiter brings drinks. The third man pours drinks as the waiter laughs.

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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 Snow Leopard

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Lumière Catalogue no. 73. See more »

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Partie de cartes is one of the earliest films I've reviewed here
16 July 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

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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