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'House Of Cards' Season 1, Episode 2 Recap: Working In Shadow

Contains spoilers -- do not read unless you've seen House Of Cards Season 1, Episode 2

I recently re-watched Schindler's List, Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning 1993 movie, and was taken aback by how masterfully the director managed the black-and-white filming process. Angles, shadow and bright beams of white are every bit as important as dialogue.

Taking in Episode 2 of this Netflix series, I realized the same can be said for House Of Cards. As we move on in the storyline (and as with any great puzzle or mystery), things are getting deeper and more complicated. There are increasing numbers of people involved, each with their own secrets and agendas. Pulling the strings in the middle of it all is our beloved Frank, who wheels and deals in the shadows of the iconic stone buildings he so lauds. His face is often completely blackened into anonymity: if you didn't know Spacey's distinct voice, Frank would be just another blank spot, a shadow roaming in the dark spaces of politics. He is one of the rare men in Washington who chose power over money, and he isn't afraid to wield it. Read More...


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