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House of Cards Trilogy [Region Free]
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Box set containing the Urquhart trilogy: three series based on the bestselling novels by Michael Dobbs, starring Ian Richardson as corrupt politician Francis Urquhart. In 'House of Cards', Urquhart is a long-serving MP who has his eye on the top job, and will stop at nothing to fulfil his ambition. As the trusted Chief Whip, he has insider knowledge that could bring down the already precarious Prime Minister, and in order to unleash his power he draws innocent young journalist Mattie Storin (Susannah Harker) into his schemes. 'To Play the King' continues to follow Urquhart's career. Having been made Prime Minister at the end of the last series after murdering an investigative reporter, he now crosses swords with the newly crowned monarch (Michael Kitchen) - a passionate man with firm liberal beliefs on the future of the country. In the final part of the trilogy, 'The Final Cut', Urquhart is well on his way to becoming Britain's longest-serving Prime Minister, and is starting to plan his retirement. He still has the Cyprus peace treaty to tie up, however, and the dark secrets from his past are beginning to come back to haunt him.
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It's still top drawer stuff... and getting the whole series together just means you will be tempted to binge on the lot.
The House of Cards trilogy is a thriller but no ordinary one since the villain is never exposed but betrayed in the end.
It's been compared to Shakespeare's historical plays like "Richard III", but there is a difference though. In this TV series there's no poetic justice as such because if Francis Urquart meets his come-uppance in the end he dies as a victim and a great politician, if not in the eyes of the audience (the TV viewer), at least, in the story,for what is meant the people of Britain.
So the general feeling that one comes out with in the end is that of a terribly immoral story, a bit depressing making you wonder about the message or lesson that the series is meant to give. If such is political life in the UK anyone watching the series ought to be discouraged from joining a political party or even voting. The series offers a cynical view of people in power, what we, the French call "tous pourris", just a bunch of rotten corrupted people.
To put it in a nutshell the story viewed as a thriller leaves the audience unsatisfied when seeing the villain not punished as he should be, the opposite, as it were, of a morality play, and seen as an illustration of British politics a good reason to topple down the system.
This is why , I think, Borgen, the Danish trilogy is just as exciting to watch but gives an example of what political militancy shoud be and hope in democracy.