Une partie de cartes (1896)
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***** Une partie de cartes (1896) Georges Melies ~ George Melies, Gaston Melies, Georgette Melies
In Melies' earliest career, he had no movie magic. He still had yet to discover the stop trick. So his earliest films basically were just remakes of the Lumiere Brothers' movies, which basically showed people mounting horses, eating dinner, trains arriving in stations, and gentlemen playing cards. ( Sometime check out the Lumiere film "Card Party", of which this film is a remake.) Only 7 films made by Melies in 1896 survive. They are: "Playing Cards", "Conjuring", "Post no Bills", "A Terrible Night", "The Vanishing Lady", "The Haunted Castle", and "A Nightmare."
Some men are chatting, drinking, reading a newspaper, and playing cards. It should be noted one of the men is Melies himself. It's good this survives, even though there's no movie magic. Entertaining in its own way.