House of Cards Trilogy, Vol. 1 - House of Cards [VHS]
House of Cards Trilogy, Vol. 1 - House of Cards [VHS] by BBC Warner at Movi Ki. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Michael Dobbs, ex-Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, wrote the novel upon which House of Cards was based, but it was Andrew Davies' skillful adaptation which brought it to the attention of Ian Richardson. A classical actor who had never worked in TV before, Richardson was hooked as soon as he read the script, and went on to give a mesmerizing performance as the manipulative politician Francis Urquhart.
Richardson's interpretation of the role drew noticeably on classical roles such as
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Michael Dobbs, ex-Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, wrote the novel upon which House of Cards was based, but it was Andrew Davies' skillful adaptation which brought it to the attention of Ian Richardson. A classical actor who had never worked in TV before, Richardson was hooked as soon as he read the script, and went on to give a mesmerizing performance as the manipulative politician Francis Urquhart.
Richardson's interpretation of the role drew noticeably on classical roles such as Richard III, and the relationship between Urquhart and his wife has obvious touches of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, particularly in the opening episodes. Richardson's practice of turning to the camera to deliver asides and soliloquies is intensely involving - an extremely effective way of bringing the classical technique to television.
Superb supporting performances came from Susannah Harker as the young journalist Mattie Storin and Diane Fletcher as Elizabeth Urquhart. Colin Jeavons was memorably loathsome as the Deputy Party Whip Tim Stamper, lurking ambiguously in Urquhart's shadow.
The series was extremely popular on its release in 1990 - the show began with the premise that Margaret Thatcher's career as the leader of the Conservative Party had just ended, which seemed a remote contingency when the novel was written, and the adaptation filmed, but which occurred almost simultaneously with the show's release. It instantly acquired cachet as an "insider political drama", and even members of the Cabinet later admitted that they had watched it eagerly. Francis Urquhart's phrase "You might choose to think that, but I couldn't possibly comment", which appears repeatedly in the script, became a permanent fixture in the vocabulary of British politics. Connoisseurs of political chicanery will relish House of Cards, the mordantly funny story of Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson), a British politician with his eye on the top job. Urquhart is the chief whip of the Conservative Party and his job is to maintain party discipline, or, as he likes to say, "put a bit of stick about." This means that he has intimate knowledge of his colleagues' foibles, knowledge that he uses to further his own political ambitions. Aided by his equally ruthless wife and drawing on a network of accomplices, Urquhart manufactures a crisis that forces the prime minister to resign. He then sets out to discredit each of his rivals for the party leadership, clearing the way for a rapid and apparently inevitable rise to power. The only possible flaw in Urquhart's master plan is his affair with Mattie Storin, a young journalist who is drawn into his web when he decides she might prove useful.Although it is strongly cast throughout, House of Cards belongs to Ian Richardson. Without his perfectly balanced performance, Urquhart might have become no more than a two-dimensional villain, but Richardson finds exactly the right tone to make his character as attractive as he is wicked. Like his illustrious predecessor Richard III (House of Cards is filled with references to Shakespearean villains), Francis Urquhart is an irresistible bad guy with a nice line in witty asides to the audience. Even when he is calmly committing murder Urquhart is so charming, so much more clever than his rivals, that it's impossible not to root for him. Thanks to Richardson, and a superb script by Andrew Davies, this brilliant political satire is sure to delight anyone who has wondered what might be going on in the darker corners of our democratic institutions. --Simon Leake
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- VHS Two-Tape Set
- NTSC Format
|Item Weight:||0.92 pounds|
|Package Weight:||0.38 pounds|
|Package Size:||4.19 x 1.12 x 1.12 inches|
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