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Whispers of Power #1



House of Cards, Season 2, episode 13, 58:08.

Title: Knock on Wood

Description: The opening image for our series depicts a frame from the climactic final scene of Season Two. Now, Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is President. Here he stands in the place of power, behind the presidential desk that he has envied and toward which he’s plotted and schemed for so long. He performs his trademark double-knock on the table, and the screen goes black.

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  1. I am excited to start that project. I am following the American election, which seems to be even more dramatic as the series. Alex and I are looking forward to see you comments and quotes. Jörg

  2. “Moral people are the most revengeful of mankind: they employ their morality as the best and most subtle weapon of vengeance.”

    ―Lev Shestov, “All Things are Possible” (1905)

  3. Fuck you, Mr. President.

  4. Great to read the quote from Shestov. Who was that person?

  5. That which does not kill you, makes you stranger.

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