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The Living Playing Cards (1905)

Les cartes vivantes (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Fantasy | 1905 (France)
With a brand-new deck of playing cards in his hand, an elegantly-attired thaumaturge, by fire and the pure power of illusion, transforms a plain nine of spades card into a full-size Queen of Hearts.

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Georges Méliès
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With a brand-new deck of playing cards in his hand, an elegantly-attired thaumaturge enters a lavishly decorated stage and places an enormous blank card atop a sturdy decorative bench. Then, before our very eyes, by fire and the pure power of illusion, the conjurer transforms a plain nine of spades card into a full-size Queen of Hearts whose regal presence exudes elegance and gracefulness. But beware; wherever there is a Queen, there is also a King. Written by Nick Riganas

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1905 (France) See more »

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The Living Playing Cards See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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THIS is what the movies are all about!
11 April 2004 | by GrandSee all my reviews

"The Living Playing Cards" (_Les Cartes vivantes_) is what cinema is all about -- *magic!* Méliès himself plays The Magician, and he is truly amazing as he performs card tricks on stage, acting well as he asks the audience if a card he has drawn is "our" card, then reacts with disappointment as he realizes it is not, but then recovering with aplomb as he attempts to make up for his error by outdoing himself with each new card trick, culminating in his not just making a life-sized card come to life, but finally ... well, that would be telling!

Méliès once wrote that a film director must be prepared to work not only as the director, but as the writer, the camera operator, and an actor as well, if necessary. He was all of those things and did them all extremely well. Now if only I could figure out how he pulled off that last card trick....


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