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Kafka (1991)

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

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Writer:

Lem Dobbs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Kafka
Theresa Russell ... Gabriela
Joel Grey ... Burgel
Ian Holm ... Doctor Murnau
Jeroen Krabbé ... Bizzlebek
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Grubach
Alec Guinness ... The Chief Clerk
Brian Glover ... Castle Henchman
Keith Allen ... Assistant Ludwig
Simon McBurney ... Assistant Oscar
Robert Flemyng ... The Keeper of the Files
Matyelok Gibbs Matyelok Gibbs ... Concierge
Ion Caramitru ... Solemn Anarchist
Hilde Van Mieghem ... Female Anarchist (as Hilde Van Meighem)
Jan Nemejovský ... Mustachioed Anarchist
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Кафка See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,814, 6 December 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,059,071
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Several characters in this movie have the same names as characters in Franz Kafka's books, but are quite different otherwise. For example, the girl played by Theresa Russell is surnamed "Rossman", the name of the sixteen-year-old hero of "Amerika", while the Police Inspector is called "Grubach", the name of Joseph K.'s landlady in "The Trial". See more »

Quotes

Oscar: [to Kafka] Miss Rossman was here looking for you.
Ludwig: Gabriela.
Oscar: Do you know her?
Franz Kafka: Do you?
Oscar: Well, we saw her naked once.
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Prelude To A Sneeze
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(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 jonathandoe_se7enSee 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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