Playing Cards (film)

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Playing Cards
Méliès, Partie de cartes (Star Film 1, 1896).jpg
Directed by Georges Méliès
Release dates
  • 1896 (1896)
Country France
Language Silent

Playing Cards (French: ''Une partie de cartes'') is an 1896 French short black-and-white silent film by Georges Méliès. It was the first film in Méliès' prolific career, and thus, is number one in his Star Film catalogue. It is a remake of Louis Lumière's film The Messers. Lumière at Cards which was released earlier the same year. Along with Georges Méliès himself, his brother Gaston Méliès and daughter Georgette Méliès both appear in the film. The film is also known as Card Party.


Three men are sitting at a table, two of them playing cards while the third smokes and reads a newspaper. The man who is not playing cards calls over a young girl and has her fetch a woman with a bottle of wine. He proceeds to pour glasses for himself and his friends. After drinking the wine, the man reads a story out of the newspaper causing his friends to laugh.

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