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Das Schloß (1997)

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 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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Version of Tsikhe-Simagre (1990) See more »

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Utter Claptrap Don't Bother
27 December 2015 | by imdb-390-593686See all my reviews

I really like Amour and White Ribbon but this is utter claptrap. So boring and such a dull story line which abruptly ends without any conclusion. Visually it's a bore. Hitchcock would have called this "Photographs of people talking". The film is heavy on dialogue. There was little point in making this into a film as 99% of the information is given through dialogue and narration and the story might as well have been a radio play. Don't waste 2 hours of your life.

So if it is supposed to be some poetic reflection on life or a particular issue then it needs to be clearer. In my opinion a film should be understandable in its own right. If I need to read Kafka in order to watch the film, then that is a failure in my opinion.


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Country:

Germany | Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Steiermark, Austria

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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