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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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23 February 1896 (France)  »

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Lumière Catalogue no. 73. See more »


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An Amusing Scene With Rather Efficient Photography
4 August 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This footage of a card game in progress features an amusing scene that is captured with rather efficient photography. All of the characters in the movie seem to be having a good time, giving it a carefree feel that makes it among the more light-hearted of the early Lumière features.

The scene contains four characters, two of them playing cards, a third man watching, plus a waiter who brings them some drinks. The three men at the table are all quite at ease, but it is the waiter who is the most energetic of them all. He seems very eager to please, and he has very broad reactions to everything, so that eventually he gets to be a bit disconcerting. But he works as the comic figure that he was meant to be.

Aside from the waiter's entry, there are only small movements, but everything is captured within a camera field that seems to have been carefully chosen. The composition puts the cards and the table in the center, with the characters around the sides. Only a couple of the waiter's actions seem to have been forced into the camera field just a bit (which possibly accounts in part for the goofiness of the character). Overall, it works pretty well.

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