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The Castle (1968)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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In Kafka's vision of today, "K" was one man against the Establishment. See more »

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Sober, serious adaptation of Kafka
5 May 2005 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

THE CASTLE (2 outta 5 stars) I guess you movie is alright if you *really* need to see a dull, lifeless screen translation of Franz Kafka's prose. It always strikes me when I read passages from Kafka's "The Castle" that all the characters in it should have been played by The Marx Brothers. The endless circular dialogues and ridiculous bureaucracy... it is really funny stuff! But, of course, Kafka is a "serious" author and so, we get this "serious" film adaptation. It's not that terrible, I guess... there are a few well-done scenes... and Maximilian Schell does a fair job of portraying a newly-hired land surveyor who can't seem to gain admittance to "the castle" where he is supposed to report for work. It's all very soberly acted and directed... what it really needs is more of a Monty Python-esquire quality. Maybe Terry Gilliam needs to give this material a shot?


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