A man opens the big gates to the Lumière factory. Through the gateway and a smaller doorway beside it, workers are streaming out, turning either left or right. Most of them are women in ... See full summary »
A gardener is watering his flowers, when a mischievous boy sneaks up behind his back, and puts a foot on the water hose. The gardener is surprised, and looks into the nozzle to find out why... See full summary »
Auguste Lumière directs four workers in the demolition of an old wall at the Lumière factory. One worker is pressing the wall inwards with a jackscrew, while another is pushing it with a ... See full summary »
A baby is seated at a table between its cheerful parents, Auguste and Marguerite Lumière. While the father is feeding the baby with a spoon, the mother is pouring coffee into her cup. The ... See full summary »
Mrs. Auguste Lumiere,
Wintertime in Lyon. About a dozen people, men and women, are having a snowball fight in the middle of a tree-lined street. The cyclist coming along the road becomes the target of ... See full summary »
A group of people are standing in a straight line along the platform of a railway station, waiting for a train, which is seen coming at some distance. When the train stops at the platform, ... See full summary »
Members of the French Photographic Society arrive from a riverboat to their congress venue in Neuville-sur-Saône on a summer day. They go ashore across a wooden landing stage. Among the ... See full summary »
A rowboat with three men is leaving a little harbor. Two of them are rowing the boat, while the third is sitting in the stern. All of them wear hats. They are passing the outer end of a ... See full summary »
"A little while ago there was a great convention of women's clubs of America. Mrs. Edison is interested in women's clubs and their work and she decided to entertain the Presidents of the ... See full summary »
This film was included in the three DVD set "Saved From the Flames"--a collection of mostly ephemeral movies that have managed to avoid turning to powder, catching fire or melting--something that usually happened with the nitrate film stock used up through the 1950s.
This is a film only history teachers and cinemaniacs could love. After all, films of this era are terribly boring to most folks today, as the films are usually about 30 seconds long and just show people doing everyday things--such as eating, watering the lawn and the like. Yet, despite this, audiences of the day were enthralled--they'd never seen anything like it before and they couldn't get enough.
"Partie de Cartes" is exactly what it means--a card party. Some folks are sitting around a table playing cards as a lady observes. Sadly, that's all there is to it. So why did I give it a 7? Have I lost my mind? Perhaps, but I gave it such a high score because it was hand-colored. While not super uncommon in the day, this meant that huge factories of women with paint brushes were literally applying paint to each cel! Think of the time that went into this. The average film, though only about 30 seconds, was shown at about 20 frames per second (depending on how fast the camera guy cranked the handle)--and that means about 600 frames were thus colored---and this had to be done to EVERY print they released! Wow--no wonder the practice was soon abandoned!
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