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The Messers. Lumière at Cards (1896)

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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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Three men sit around a table at a terrace outside a bistro. Two of them are playing cards, while the third calls the waiter by knocking at the table. The waiter arrives, receives the order, and is swiftly back, carrying a tray with a bottle of wine and three glasses. While the third man fills the glasses with wine, the waiter follows the card game with great interest, applauding and laughing loudly. The three men raise their glasses and toast. The two card players put more money on the table and continue their game. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Lumière Catalogue no. 73. See more »

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One of Several Card Game Films
18 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is a Lumiere actuality featuring a popular element in early documentaries: a card game. If you've seen tons of these early actualities like I have then no doubt you may have seen several other card game shorts featuring this topic. The other film I've seen with this subject is "Partie de Cartes" a Georges Melies film (his first actually) and the set-up is the same: two men playing cards, a third one watching and pouring drinks that the waiter brings. There are differences to the films though: Melies's version features a woman waiter, this one has a comical man; a joke in a newspaper is involved in Melies's film, here we've just got the waiter laughing to end the film.

I must say the movement in this one is limited making it less of a motion picture, but the subject is a comical one and must've amused people at the time. Today it is still pleasant but I don't consider this to be among Lumiere's better know films like "Arrival of a Train at la Ciotat" or "Workers Leaving the Factory". I still enjoy watching this however and considering it is part of a popular film genre I would recommend it.


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