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The Castle (1997)

Das Schloß (original title)
When a land surveyor arrives at a small snowy village, local authorities refuse to allow him to advance to the nearby castle. Increasingly complicated bureaucratic obstacles arise.

Director:

Michael Haneke

Writers:

Franz Kafka (novel), Michael Haneke (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ulrich Mühe ... K.
Susanne Lothar ... Frieda
Frank Giering ... Artur
Felix Eitner Felix Eitner ... Jeremias
Nikolaus Paryla Nikolaus Paryla ... Vorsteher
André Eisermann ... Barnabas
Dörte Lyssewski Dörte Lyssewski ... Olga
Inga Busch Inga Busch ... Amalia
Norbert Schwientek Norbert Schwientek ... Bürgel
Hans Diehl Hans Diehl ... Erlanger
Birgit Linauer Birgit Linauer ... Pepi
Branko Samarovski Branko Samarovski ... Herrenhofwirt
Ortrud Beginnen Ortrud Beginnen ... Brückenwirtin
Otto Grünmandl Otto Grünmandl ... Brückenwirt
Johannes Silberschneider ... Lehrer
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When a land surveyor arrives at a small snowy village, local authorities refuse to allow him to advance to the nearby castle. Increasingly complicated bureaucratic obstacles arise.

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Country:

Germany | Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Castelo See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Based on Franz Kafka's novel "The Castle". See more »

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The Castle
12 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

I'm crazy about Kafka. THE TRIAL is my favorite by Welles, and Juracek's homage Joseph KILLIAN is brilliant as well. So the thought of Haneke directing The Castle seemed like a promising idea. And he gets some of it right. The story is very faithful... obviously certain omissions are necessary, but the gist of it is there, and the scenes generally play out as they do in the novel. The long scenes juxtaposed with abrupt time cuts do a good job of evoking the unusual rhythms of Kafka. And Haneke knows better than to try to make K. an entirely sympathetic character. But it doesn't feel quite right. I have mixed feelings about the aesthetic. The drab palette is appropriate, but I couldn't help thinking that black and white would have suited the material better. And the voice-over felt entirely unnecessary to me. The novel is told in the third person voice, but it feels first person. Having some narrator chime in every few minutes didn't add anything. And it just didn't seem absurd enough. Perhaps it's a book that doesn't condense well, because you don't get the sense of K.'s epic, labyrinthine struggle. But it's a good effort.


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