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The Castle (1968)

Das Schloß (original title)
A man comes to a small village to begin his new job as an attendant at the nearby castle. But everybody in the village claims that he surely must be mistaken, there is no need for an ... See full summary »

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Friedrich Maurer ...
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A man comes to a small village to begin his new job as an attendant at the nearby castle. But everybody in the village claims that he surely must be mistaken, there is no need for an attendant at the castle. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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To Frieda, "K" was a man. To the Village, he was an outsider. To the Castle, he didn't exist. See more »

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Bleak, Stunning, Brilliant
29 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The protagonist is called to a castle somewhere to do some work as a land surveyor. A small village is outside the castle, which is where he stays while attempting to make contact with various officials attached to the castle in some way, so he might know just what he is supposed to do.

It is winter. The landscape is snow covered. The castle, massive and forbidding, dominates the top of the hill. The seat of government is supposedly in the castle. Various officials and government workers of varying descriptions are around and about. The land surveyor asks questions, official procedures are described, leading to more questions...

This 1968 effort by Maximilian Schell to put Franz Kafka's novel on film is for me one of the pinnacles of cinematic achievement. This is a film where I think it would be impossible to write spoilers into a review. This is very far away from most films in style, narrative and delivery. It is not perhaps accessible to everyone, hence the decidedly negative reviews also found here. But it blows me away not for being so different, but for being so so true, so prescient.


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