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The Living Playing Cards (1904)
"Les cartes vivantes" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Short, Fantasy
6.8
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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 ... 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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Somewhat static, but so amazing and worth seeing
3 September 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This score of 8 is really relative to other films by director Georges Méliès. If any of his work is compared to his contemporaries, even his worst films would probably merit a 9 because they are so much more complex, fun and timeless compared to the fare of the day. This film is about a magician (played by Méliès), and this isn't surprising as he was, before moving to films, a stage magician himself. The magician pulls out a small playing card and shows it to the audience. Since it is so small, he magically increases its size several times. Ultimately, he makes the tiny card become about 6 to 7 feet high AND the characters of a queen and king become REAL (through the use of stop-motion and slow dissolves). This is very entertaining and amazing because no others were able to do such brilliant camera tricks.

If you want to see this film online, go to Google and type in "Méliès" and then click the video button for a long list of his films that are viewable without special software.


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