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The Castle

3

Michael Haneke takes on Kafka

Kafka may be unfilmable. But if anyone could get near to his absurdist humour and nightmare vision of society, it might be Michael Haneke.

Made for Austrian TV, this version of Kafka’s great unfinished novel has none of the theatrical bravura of Welles’ version of The Trial but conveys much of the paradoxical flavour of the original.

K, our hero (Ulrich Mühe, The Lives Of Others), arrives outside a vast, labyrinthine castle, believing he’s been hired as a land surveyor – but he can’t find any way in, nor anyone to confirm he’s actually got the job.

Comes with 58-minute doc 24 Realities Per Second.

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