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DeviantART: Melancholia Queen of Hearts by Jon Wesley Huff

This Queen of Hearts was designed by an American artist, Jon Wesley Huff (JonWes). It’s inspired by Lars Von Trier’s film, Melancholia, starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Cameron Spurr, and Kiefer Sutherland. The film was presented 18 May 2011 at the 64th Cannes Film Festival. Dunst (Justine) received the festival’s Best Actress Award.

Melancholia consists of two parts: “Justine” and “Claire”. These are names of two sisters, main heroines of the film. The story revolves around them during and shortly after Justine’s wedding, while an approaching rogue planet is about to collide with Earth.

Trier’s initial inspiration for this film came from a depressive period he suffered and the insight that depressed people remain peaceful in catastrophic events.

© Jon Wesley Huff (JonWes) 2012

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Playing Card Art: Playing Cards by Tom Whalen

These are several playing cards designed by the American artist, Tom Whalen, as posters dedicated to different monsters in cinema.

The Queen of Spades is represented by the Queen from the Alien(s) franchise. The franchise was started by the eponymous science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott (1974). The film tells the story about a highly aggressive extraterrestrial creature that stalks and kills the crew of a spaceship. The Alien and its accompanying elements were designed by Swiss surrealist artist H. R. Giger. This film got such a high success that it gave birth to the series of sequels.

The second film in the series was Aliens (1986). It was directed by James Cameron and was focused more on action. With the help of marines, the main heroine of the series, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), confronts hordes of Aliens on a planetoid. Aliens was the first film in this series which represented the Queen of Aliens.

© Tom Whalen 2013

The Queen of Spades – The Queen of Aliens

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Playing Cards and Cinema: Beast in a Neon Cage Playing Cards by Jon Wong

This deck of playing cards was designed by Jon Wong in 2010 as a part of the Beast in a Neon Cage film festival visitor’s complete set of presents.

Beast in a Neon Cage is the name of a film festival project for legendary cult director Seijun Suzuki. The name for the festival is a metaphor for the characters that appear in Suzuki’s films: gangsters and crooks who on the surface appear civilized, but underneath are wild beasts that are stuck in the “neon cage” of the Tokyo nightlife. Building on that idea and the psychedelic imagery of his films, the festival’s visuals burst with color. The sharp angles reflect the on-screen chaos and the cartoon imagery hints at the dark humor that frequents Suzuki’s work. Finally, the packaging of the products uses raw wood on the outside to mimic the sophisticated veneers of these characters, but inside they explode with color, achieved through the use of various sheets of colored plastic.” ~ Jon Wong

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Playing Card Art: Film Directors Playing Cards by Tim Luecke

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.

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Fournier: Alice in Wonderland Playing Cards

These playing cards were printed by Fournier (Spain) in 2010. They are dedicated to Burton’s filming of the famous Carroll’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (pseudonym Lewis Carroll) was an English author who wrote the novel in 1865. Playing cards are among heroes of this novel. That is why it became quite popular for designing different custom decks (Nicole’s Alice in Wonderland deck, Bicycle The White Rabbit deck).

Timothy Walter “Tim” Burton is an American film director, film producer, artist, writer and animator. He has his own specific style of horror and fantasy movies. As a rule his films are full of dark, gothic, macabre and quirky elements. So Tim’s Alice in Wonderland (2010) happened to be a quite unique interpretation of the novel supported by Walt Disney Pictures and some other companies.

The deck: 52 different playing cards + 3 Jokers + 1 ad card. Poker size. Playing cards are printed on casino cardboard and have a smooth finish. The box has Fournier’s traditional design.

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Playing Cards and Cinema: Horrors – Notations #1

Playing cards dedicated to horror movies – notations #1:

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Friday the 13th
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Seed of Chucky
  • Saw

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DeviantART: Playing Cards by Benjamin Arce

  • Nintendo Playing Cards by Benjamin Arce
  • Star Wars Playing Cards by Benjamin Arce

NINTENDO PLAYING CARDS

Playing cards based on characters form Nintendo’s games and designed by the American artist Benjamin Arce (benarce).

Nintendo Co., Ltd. is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics company and one of the world’s largest video game companies. Originally it was founded as a card company in late 1889.

Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong

These characters are from the Donkey Kong series of arcade games developed by Nintendo. The first arcade game was created by Shigeru Miyamoto and released in 1981.

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