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New Insight from David Fincher on 'House of Cards'

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood March 10, 2013 at 5:32PM

"House of Cards," David Fincher's diabolically watchable big-budget foray into Netflix programing, is ground-breaking in its presentation. But the show stands on its own apart from its much-hyped release plan. (CAA reveals the numbers behind the series here.)
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David Fincher
David Fincher

"House of Cards," David Fincher's diabolically watchable big-budget foray into Netflix programing, is groundbreaking in its presentation. But the show stands on its own apart from its much-hyped release plan. (CAA reveals the numbers behind the series here.)

Fincher made a rare appearance at LACMA to talk about the show, which has also helped to re-launch the career of star Robin Wright, who plays Kevin Spacey's vulnerable ice queen of a Lady MacBeth wife. 

Some savory tidbits from Fincher via Slashfilm:

Fincher would not have made "House of Cards" without Kevin Spacey in the central role as the Machiavellian congressman, which is not surprising. Something that did raise eyebrows: Corey Stoll's troubled addict congressman Peter Russo was initially a minor plot-thread; his standout performance inspired Fincher and co. to expand the role.

Fincher gives some strong writing advice about writing each character as their own protagonist: 

"The thing I always say to any writer that I’m working with is: Just make sure that in any argument, EVERYONE is right. I want every single person arguing a righteous side of the argument. That makes interesting drama.”

Fincher also talked to DGA Quarterly here about Netflix and his Frank Capra influences.


This article is related to: David Fincher, Kevin Spacey, Television


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.