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The Living Playing Cards (1904)

Les cartes vivantes (original title)
| Comedy, Short, Fantasy
A bearded magician holds up a large playing card and makes it larger. He tears up a card of a queen, burns the torn bits, and a life-size Queen of Hearts card appears; then, it becomes ... See full summary »

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A bearded magician holds up a large playing card and makes it larger. He tears up a card of a queen, burns the torn bits, and a life-size Queen of Hearts card appears; then, it becomes alive. The magician puts her back into the card. The same thing happens with the King of Clubs: the card becomes alive. The king removes his costume, and there's something very familiar about him. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Simple Ideas, Good Craftsmanship
11 April 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

While the ideas are mostly simple ones, this film packs several skillfully done visual effects into a short running time. Like a number of Méliès features, it starts off with a stage magician doing tricks, here using playing cards, and then gets more involved as it goes along. It works pretty well because of a lot of good camera tricks, almost all of which are done with care. Many of the visual effects are nearly seamless, and are fairly impressive given the limited resources available at the time. There isn't anything really spectacular in this one, and many of the features that Méliès made are more complex and have more action than this does, but this little movie scores pretty well in terms of its craftsmanship.


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