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Kafka (1991)

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Steve Soderbergh did a 180 degree turnaround from his debut film sex, lies, and videotape with Kafka, a stark art-film fable for literature majors. Jeremy Irons plays a fictional Franz Kafka, living in Prague in 1919. By day, Kafka works in a massive, impersonal insurance company. At night, he spends his time alone writing stories about men who turn into giant cockroaches. Although quiet and solitary, he becomes a suspect in a murder investigation conducted by Inspector Grubach (Armin … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Lem Dobbs
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 22, 1992
Runtime:
Paramount Home Video

Cast


as Franz Kafka

as Burgel

as Murnau

as Bizzlebek

as Insp. Grubach

as Chief Clerk

as Henchman

as Friend of Kafka

as Interrogating Attend...

as Friend of Kafka

as Inspector's Assistan...

as Assistant Ludwig

as Friend of Kafka

as Assistant Oscar

as The Keeper of the Fl...

as Concierge

as Solemn Anarchist

as Female Anarchist

as Female Anarchist

as Mustachioed Anarchis...

as Youthful Anarchist

as Man Under Microscope

as Friend of Kafka

as Friend of Kafka

as Friend of Kafka

as Friend of Kafka

as Friend of Kafka

as Friend of Kafka

as Man at Bar

as Castle Attendant

as Castle Attendant

as Castle Attendant

as Kidnapped Vagrant

as Vagrant

as Quarry Laborer

as Inspector's Assistan...

as Evil Wagon Driver

as Lens Cleaner

as The Laughing Man

as The Laughing Man
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Critic Reviews for Kafka

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7)

Steven Soderbergh's Kafka is a very bad well-directed movie.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The effect is artistic, but it's also obvious when the material cried out for unsettling.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A movie about Franz Kafka? It's a good idea for a microsecond. Then it dissolves into a dumb proposition.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Soderbergh does demonstrate again here that he's a gifted director, however unwise in his choice of project.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kafka

½

Beautiful to look at but ever so slight.

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Beefy
Steve K

Super Reviewer

½

Mysterious and stylish but incoherent and empty, "Kafka" is a good-looking disappointment for director Steven Soderbergh. Impressive camerawork and snappy editing ensure that it won't be forgotten, but there just simply isn't enough going on to make it entertaining. The characters and story are dull, and on top of that, it's confusing.

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Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

½

Moody, mysterious, and measured thriller shot in beautiful black & white except for a pivotal sequence inside "the Castle." Soderbergh's best film is quite unlike any other in dropping Jeremy Irons, utterly convincing as Franz Kafka circa 1919 Prague, amidst a very Kafkaesque series of encounters. The insurance clerk's appointed assistants are two of the funniest oddball characters in film history. I last watched this 15 years ago until tonight and was completely reaffirmed why this remains one of my favorites of the 1990s.

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Doctor Strangeblog

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