Card Party 1896

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Playing Cards (French: Une partie de cartes), or Card Party, 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.

Synopsis
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.

A miracle under the inquisition 1904

Un miracle sous l’inquisition (original title)

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An executioner attempts to burn a woman at the stake but his victim comes back as an angel and gives him what he deserves.
Director: Georges Méliès
Star: Georges Méliès

A Mesmerian Experiment 1905

Despite the title, it really has nothing to do with hypnosis

Like so many of Méliès’ films, this one finds him playing the role of a magician–a common thing since in real life he was a stage magician. Here he’s heavily disguised with fake hair and a HUGE beard and a period costume. He makes a group of women appear and they dance about. Nothing is particularly noteworthy about their dancing. Then, he makes another lady appear and she does some amazing acrobatic dancing–all while wearing an outfit that sure makes this look impossible! No, this wasn’t magic–she was just very, very limber!

In the end, he does what any man would do in this situation–he turns them into ducks!

 

Le baquet de Mesmer (original title) also known as

Director: Georges Méliès

The Human Fly 1902

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An energetic Russian Cossack dancer who knows how to impress his audience with his extraordinary set of moves has a trick up his sleeve designed to capture applause.
Director: Georges Méliès

Production company : Star Film Company
Star: Georges Méliès

The Inn Where No Man Rests 1903

L’auberge du bon repos (original title)

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The Inn Where No Man Rests is a 1903 silent French comedy film directed by George Méliès set in an inn. The film addresses the state of drunken mind with light heartedness. Wikipedia

Director : Georges Méliès
Screenplay : Georges Méliès
Production company : Star Film Company
Producer : Georges Méliès

 

The Astronomer’s Dream 1898

La lune à un mètre (original title)

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Review by claire diane

Melies’ fascination with celestial bodies as dream invading, devouring, constantly masticating alien faces is still profoundly horrifying to this very moment and a truly singular cinematic obsession & i know it’s probably trite to say, but i am equally obsessed with the stone castles, corridors, hallways, and suggestively labyrinthine structures in which so many of his fragments take place, and esp. here the dissolving wall thru which the grotesque moon escapes ::: some dark sky above a dark sea, the astronomer a kind of hermit wizard. the trappings fascinate me, as much as satan and ghosts in haunted castles. suggestion and dream.

Director: Georges Méliès
Production company: Star Film Company
Screenplay: Georges Méliès
Producer: Georges Méliès
Cast: Georges Méliès

 

Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship (1906)

Le dirigeable fantastique (original title)

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An inventor dreams that his newly designed airship takes flight.

An inventor hallucinates an attack on himself and his airship and finds that he cannot awaken from the dream. Dark stuff that may come as a surprise to anyone who thinks Méliès was all about cute anthropomorphic moons…MOVIES SILENTLY
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Director: Georges Méliès
Star: Georges Méliès