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The Messers. Lumière at Cards (1896)

Partie d'écarté (original title)
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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Louis Lumière
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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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Country:

France

Release Date:

23 February 1896 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Messers. Lumière at Cards See more »

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Lumière See more »
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Silent

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Color (hand-colored)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Lumière Catalogue no. 73. See more »

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Edited into The Lumière Brothers' First Films (1996) See more »

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One of several card game films
18 October 2017 | by He_who_lurksSee all my reviews

This is a Lumiere short 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 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. There are differences to the films though: Melies's version features a waitress, this one has a comical waiter; a joke in a newspaper is involved in Melies's film, here we've just got the waiter laughing to end the short

The movement in this one is limited making it less of a motion picture, but the subject is a comical one and must have amused people at the time. Today it is still pleasant to watch and is a lot less documentary-like than the Brothers' other work. In fact, I bet you it was staged due to everyone in the film being either family members or friends (and that includes the waiter).


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