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)
Running time
67 seconds
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.


The film depicts a typical afternoon scene in a French garden. 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. The film lasts roughly 67 seconds.


Une partie de cartes was monumental French director and film innovator, Georges Méliès. Aside from being important in that regard, this film is sometimes considered one of the first remakes ever made (being a remake of the Lumière film, The Messers. Lumière at Cards, made earlier that same year).

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