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