Playing Card Art: Film Directors Playing Cards by Tim Luecke

03 Sep

Tim Luecke was inspired by Martin Scorsese’s 4-hour Personal Journey through American Movies and decided to design a deck of playing cards featuring influential film directors from the past century, along with stylized versions of some of their most famous shots. So it was natural that the first person in Film Directors Playing Card Deck was Martin Scorsese – the Ace of Spades and the King of Spades.

Tim Luecke is an Intern at Marvel Entertainment, Student at Fordham University and, as he says, “art person at heart“. His project is active. You can see below several finished playing cards (two editions of them).

© Tim Luecke

The King of Spades – Martin Scorsese

Martin Charles Scorsese is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor and film historian. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time. He founded a non-profit organization dedicated to film preservation in 1990 – the Film Foundation. Then Martin founded the World Cinema Foundation in 2007. He is a recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to the cinema, and has won an Academy Award, a Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival Best Director Award, Silver Lion, Grammy Award, Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTAs and DGA Awards.

The Ace of Spades – a stylized version of Martin’s Raging Bull (1980) with Robert De Niro.


The King of Clubs – Orson Welles

George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked in theater, radio and film. He is best remembered for his innovative work in all three media. His first film Citizen Kane (1941) is consistently ranked as one of the all-time greatest films. Welles was voted the greatest film director of all time in two British Film Institute polls among directors and critics in 2002. A lot of critics count him the most acclaimed director of all time.

By the way George was a celebrated Shakespearean stage actor and an accomplished magician, starring in troop variety shows in the war years.


The Jack of Hearts – Woody Allen

Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg) is an American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright and musician. He has been nominated 23 times and won four Academy Awards: three for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Director. He has more screenwriting Academy Award nominations than any other writer. He has won nine British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards.


The Jack of Clubs – Alfred Hitchcock

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was an English film director and producer. He pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. After a successful career in British cinema in both silent films and early talkies, renowned as England’s best director, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood in 1939 and became a US citizen in 1955. Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades. Often regarded as the greatest British filmmaker, he came first in a 2007 poll of film critics in Britain’s Daily Telegraph. The magazine MovieMaker has described him as the most influential filmmaker of all time. He is widely regarded as one of cinema’s most significant artists


The Jack of Diamonds – Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and editor who did most of his work as an expatriate in the United Kingdom. All of Stanley Kubrick’s films from Paths of Glory till the end of his career, except for The Shining, were nominated for Oscars or Golden Globes. 2001: A Space Odyssey received numerous technical awards, including a BAFTA award for cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth and an Academy Award for best visual effects, which Kubrick (as director of special effects on the film) received. He is regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.







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