Writer Franz Kafka works during the day at an insurance company where events lead him to discover a mysterious underground society with strange suppressive goals.

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Gabriela
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Burgel
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Doctor Murnau
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Bizzlebek
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Grubach
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The Chief Clerk
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Castle Henchman
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Assistant Ludwig
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Assistant Oscar
Robert Flemyng ...
The Keeper of the Files
Matyelok Gibbs ...
Concierge
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Solemn Anarchist
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Female Anarchist (as Hilde Van Meighem)
Jan Nemejovský ...
Mustachioed Anarchist
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Kafka, an insurance worker gets embroiled in an underground group after a co-worker is murdered. The underground group is responsible for bombings all over town, attempting to thwart a secret organization that controls the major events in society. He eventually penetrates the secret organization and must confront them. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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15 November 1991 (USA)  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,100,000 (USA)
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In the novel "The Castle", as in the film, the protagonist, struggles to gain access to the mysterious authorities of a castle who govern the village for unknown reasons. "The Castle" is about alienation, bureaucracy, the seemingly endless frustrations of man's attempts to stand against the system, and the futile and hopeless pursuit of an unobtainable goal. See more »

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Youthful Anarchist: [discussing Kafka] How much have you told him?
Gabriela: He's a clerk; he knows nothing.
Mustachioed Anarchist: Eduard said he's a writer.
Youthful Anarchist: That could be useful.
Female Anarchist: That could be dangerous.
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Referenced in Northern Exposure: Little Italy (1995) See more »

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Eddie's Dead (Main Title)
Composed by Cliff Martinez
(p) & © 1992 Virgin Records America, Inc.
distributed by WEA through arrangement with Atlantic Records.
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Kafka, brought to life by Soderbergh
14 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

Many filmmakers have often failed when attempting to adapt the work of writer Franz Kafka (most famously Orson Wells), so it comes as quite a surprise to see Steven Soderbergh mixing his life and fiction with fantastic results. The story concerns Kafka (a never better Jeremy Irons) investigating the disappearance of one of his work colleagues. The plot takes Kafka through many of the writer's own works, most notably "The Castle" and "The Trial"...

With his follow up to the cool indie hit Sex, lies and videotape (1989) Soderbergh switches both style and ideas completely, creating an evocative and ethereal world of 1920 Prague, full of shadows and bizarre mutations. He also employs shifts between colour and black and white film stock, to give the film a more dreamlike feel.

Visually it is similar to another film from the same year, Lars Von Trier's Europa (1991), which also was about a man searching for the truth. But Kafka is more accessible, being both a gripping thriller and in some ways a black comedy. But however you choose to look at it, there is no denying Kafka's ability to amaze and enthral.


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