Kafka Reviews

  • Jun 19, 2017

    There seems to be two overall two side groups for this movie. Those who appreciate its stylistic touches but consider it sort of empty or inconsiderate, and those who find this movie an underrated gem. While I understand the former side, my thoughts are aiming more towards the latter. I appreciate how its ostensibly a biopic of Franz Kafka (who is never addressed as Franz) and combines aspects of his life with some of his own works like The Trial.

    There seems to be two overall two side groups for this movie. Those who appreciate its stylistic touches but consider it sort of empty or inconsiderate, and those who find this movie an underrated gem. While I understand the former side, my thoughts are aiming more towards the latter. I appreciate how its ostensibly a biopic of Franz Kafka (who is never addressed as Franz) and combines aspects of his life with some of his own works like The Trial.

  • Oct 17, 2016

    cinegeek.de Our Daily Free Stream: Steven Soderbergh - Kafka. Auch weiterhin kein neuer Soderbergh in Aussicht... Wie lange mag dieses Versprechen halten? - Wer erinnert sich noch an die tolle Entstehungsgeschichte von Steven Soderberghs Debüt? Wie er das Drehbuch in acht Tagen schrieb als er nach Hollywood fuhr? Wie er die Schauspieler gegen Rückstellung spielen liess und schliesslich alles "independent" finanzierte. Indie, das war damals noch ein Abenteuer und keine Marke! Schliesslich gewann Soderbergh überraschend Cannes und darf seitdem als "Godfather" des Indie Kinos gelten. Kafka war sein zweiter Film und spielt wie bereits sein Debüt vor allem in Innenräumen. Die sehen aus wie der wahrgewordene Albtraum eines Set-Designers - oder wie Kafkas Prag. Kafka wurde in Schwarzweiss gedreht, springt aber manchmal um und erscheint dann farbig wie ein billiger Science Fiction Film. Hauptrolle: Jeremy Irons, der Mann mit dem ewig leidenden Gesichtsausdruck. So ausgemerkgelt und bleich wie Irons stelle ich mir auch den Dichter Kafka vor. Er bewohnt seine eigene fiktionale Welt. Kafka lebt in Kafkas literarischem Szenrario (wobei Soderbergh aber auch andere filmische Quellen anzapft). Kafka schreibt Kurzgeschichten, so wie die über einen Mann und seine Transformation in eine Kakerlake. Sein Vertrauter heisst Eduard. Die Geliebte Eduards ist Gabriela (Theresa Russell), für Kafka aber stellt Leidenschaft eine Fremdsprache dar. Natürlich. Ich denke, dass Vorhaben, Kafka filmisch umzusetzen, dürfte eines der schwierigsten sein. Handeln seine Geschichten doch von selbstbezogenen Einsiedlern. Wie verfilmt man aber das Innere des Menschen? Die Kafka Verfilmungen, die ich zuvor sah, vermochten dieses Problem nicht zu lösen. Soderbergh versuchts zu umgehen, denn sein Film handelt doch eher von Kafkas Romanfiguren als dem Autoren selbst. Für mich gehört Kafka in den Bereich existentialistischer Träumereien, bei Soderbergh aber kommt er wie ein verrückter Forscher daher. Warum hat Soderbergh sich da rangewagt? Vermutlich ist er Kafka Bewunderer und versuchte sich daher an diesem filmischen Labyrinth. Einer aber passt nicht in diese Welt: Kafka selbst. Soderbergh beweist sich als guter Regisseur, doch der Stoff mag ungeschickt gewählt sein. Dann doch lieber wieder eine achttägige Tour bei der am Ende ein Drehbuch steht.

    cinegeek.de Our Daily Free Stream: Steven Soderbergh - Kafka. Auch weiterhin kein neuer Soderbergh in Aussicht... Wie lange mag dieses Versprechen halten? - Wer erinnert sich noch an die tolle Entstehungsgeschichte von Steven Soderberghs Debüt? Wie er das Drehbuch in acht Tagen schrieb als er nach Hollywood fuhr? Wie er die Schauspieler gegen Rückstellung spielen liess und schliesslich alles "independent" finanzierte. Indie, das war damals noch ein Abenteuer und keine Marke! Schliesslich gewann Soderbergh überraschend Cannes und darf seitdem als "Godfather" des Indie Kinos gelten. Kafka war sein zweiter Film und spielt wie bereits sein Debüt vor allem in Innenräumen. Die sehen aus wie der wahrgewordene Albtraum eines Set-Designers - oder wie Kafkas Prag. Kafka wurde in Schwarzweiss gedreht, springt aber manchmal um und erscheint dann farbig wie ein billiger Science Fiction Film. Hauptrolle: Jeremy Irons, der Mann mit dem ewig leidenden Gesichtsausdruck. So ausgemerkgelt und bleich wie Irons stelle ich mir auch den Dichter Kafka vor. Er bewohnt seine eigene fiktionale Welt. Kafka lebt in Kafkas literarischem Szenrario (wobei Soderbergh aber auch andere filmische Quellen anzapft). Kafka schreibt Kurzgeschichten, so wie die über einen Mann und seine Transformation in eine Kakerlake. Sein Vertrauter heisst Eduard. Die Geliebte Eduards ist Gabriela (Theresa Russell), für Kafka aber stellt Leidenschaft eine Fremdsprache dar. Natürlich. Ich denke, dass Vorhaben, Kafka filmisch umzusetzen, dürfte eines der schwierigsten sein. Handeln seine Geschichten doch von selbstbezogenen Einsiedlern. Wie verfilmt man aber das Innere des Menschen? Die Kafka Verfilmungen, die ich zuvor sah, vermochten dieses Problem nicht zu lösen. Soderbergh versuchts zu umgehen, denn sein Film handelt doch eher von Kafkas Romanfiguren als dem Autoren selbst. Für mich gehört Kafka in den Bereich existentialistischer Träumereien, bei Soderbergh aber kommt er wie ein verrückter Forscher daher. Warum hat Soderbergh sich da rangewagt? Vermutlich ist er Kafka Bewunderer und versuchte sich daher an diesem filmischen Labyrinth. Einer aber passt nicht in diese Welt: Kafka selbst. Soderbergh beweist sich als guter Regisseur, doch der Stoff mag ungeschickt gewählt sein. Dann doch lieber wieder eine achttägige Tour bei der am Ende ein Drehbuch steht.

  • Aug 28, 2016

    Probably one of the worst movies I have ever paid to see in a theatre (on a date). This film was disjointed with an overall horrible script. The acting is horrible despite a stellar cast. The viewer is not vested whatsoever. What's worse is there is no relation to Kafka, other than the style is Kafka-esque. No wonder this was the first of a series of Soderbergh bombs.

    Probably one of the worst movies I have ever paid to see in a theatre (on a date). This film was disjointed with an overall horrible script. The acting is horrible despite a stellar cast. The viewer is not vested whatsoever. What's worse is there is no relation to Kafka, other than the style is Kafka-esque. No wonder this was the first of a series of Soderbergh bombs.

  • Nov 16, 2015

    One of the best in my lifetime. Highly recommended.

    One of the best in my lifetime. Highly recommended.

  • May 22, 2015

    It is hard to believe that this film was made by Stephen Soderbergh. Experimental and artistically stunning it is a film so coiled up in style and true to Franz Kafka's themes -- it is likely to only be of interest to philosophy and literature students. I loved it, but it will not make much sense without a solid understanding of Kafka and Modernism. Shane Meadows' cinematography and Leslie Tomkins' art direction are outstanding. A film one will either love or hate.

    It is hard to believe that this film was made by Stephen Soderbergh. Experimental and artistically stunning it is a film so coiled up in style and true to Franz Kafka's themes -- it is likely to only be of interest to philosophy and literature students. I loved it, but it will not make much sense without a solid understanding of Kafka and Modernism. Shane Meadows' cinematography and Leslie Tomkins' art direction are outstanding. A film one will either love or hate.

  • May 12, 2015

    its not Soderbergh's finest, nor his worst. Jeremy Irons impersonates Kafka well, and captures the milieu of Prague in the 20's. Ian Holm and Armin Mueller Stahl, well, they are just veteran actors that you'd enjoy seeing in any film

    its not Soderbergh's finest, nor his worst. Jeremy Irons impersonates Kafka well, and captures the milieu of Prague in the 20's. Ian Holm and Armin Mueller Stahl, well, they are just veteran actors that you'd enjoy seeing in any film

  • Jul 28, 2014

    Soderbergh, shot-for-shot is at the top of his game. The script is not. Kafka is lost in translation.

    Soderbergh, shot-for-shot is at the top of his game. The script is not. Kafka is lost in translation.

  • Jul 27, 2014

    A little context would have gone a long way.

    A little context would have gone a long way.

  • May 10, 2014

    Any critics who hasnt read the preriquisite bookS (including the letters to his father) should make sure to go and talk about something else, at the very least. It is extremely coherent and cohesive, critics who missed that.... well they missed a very good occasion to not embarass themselve, its mortifying. This is a special film that exist only in parallel to the work and persona of Kafka and must be approached as such. This movie also gains another layer of visual flair if youve seen Orson Welles' rendition of Kafka's The Trial as it pays great homage to its taut and reckless visual style. There are so many good touches, like putting the gravedigger as a direct reference AND metaphor to Max Brod. To put a sordid horror story at the core of it is not silly; its simply very Kafka. So its not just well directed; its also majorly good and well written, but its adressed to Kafka readers (theres quite a few of them, really)

    Any critics who hasnt read the preriquisite bookS (including the letters to his father) should make sure to go and talk about something else, at the very least. It is extremely coherent and cohesive, critics who missed that.... well they missed a very good occasion to not embarass themselve, its mortifying. This is a special film that exist only in parallel to the work and persona of Kafka and must be approached as such. This movie also gains another layer of visual flair if youve seen Orson Welles' rendition of Kafka's The Trial as it pays great homage to its taut and reckless visual style. There are so many good touches, like putting the gravedigger as a direct reference AND metaphor to Max Brod. To put a sordid horror story at the core of it is not silly; its simply very Kafka. So its not just well directed; its also majorly good and well written, but its adressed to Kafka readers (theres quite a few of them, really)

  • Dec 05, 2013

    A masterpiece! As with reading author Kafka, so is the movie. A surrelistic blend of reality and weirdness. Jeremy Irons brings his usual quality to the film while Joel Grey ("Caberet") as his boss at an insurance company appears early in the film. Sadly, I had a tough time understanding the dialog due to the quick speaking English dialect! [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/6/6e/Kafka_film.jpg/220px-Kafka_film.jpg[/img] Perhaps the French-American collaboration on the film destined this to be a flop at the box office, but that should NOT deter YOU from giving the film a chance. Sir Alec Guinness, Jeremy Irons, Joel Grey... now that's entertainment! (if you do not know any, or even one of these 3 names, suggest you get educated and stop ordering cognacs at my Cafe, asap) [img]http://www.unsungfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/kafka_04.jpg[/img] Jeremy Irons best Kafka is a 1991 mystery thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. Ostensibly a biopic, based on the life of Franz Kafka, the film blurs the lines between fact and Kafka's fiction (most notably The Castle and The Trial), creating a Kafkaesque atmosphere. -- wikipedia Knowing all my Cafe Americain guests ie friends, I am quite certain it will appeal if not delight all of them! [img]https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQNtikNB62kMtMwBZObYN1eXmmsKOxIi5Qsl1b9TlOaPe5kDtKxVw[/img] Author Kafka, left...... Actor Kafka, right SEE the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R56lJ9twaNE Suspense drama, done like some Orson Welles Magnificent Ambersons type movie, had to have been a shock to audiences at the time. 3 of 4 RT members liked the film while half the paid critics, including Roger Ebert, disliked it. [img]https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTfbOx0bNDkAP8CFj2Pyx2dNScH9W9KoKPoW0wHRRazaKcL5VYScQ[/img] SEE the entire film, judge for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_MmwyazJBk RT member reviews: 40% As every Soderbergh's movie, the direction is unique but the project he used this time is so not interesting and from the start to the end you feel a ... 50% Mysterious and stylish but incoherent and empty, "Kafka" is a good-looking disappointment for director Steven Soderbergh. Impressive camerawork and sn... [img]https://static.squarespace.com/static/51aef9f1e4b0df23589b86cb/51aefa64e4b005e6b6548c9c/51aefa69e4b005e6b65498f0/1359536355827/1000w/kafka3.jpg[/img] NOTES: 1 Released after Soderbergh's critically acclaimed debut Sex, Lies, and Videotape it was the first of what would be a series of low-budget box-office disappointments. 2 It has since become a cult film, being compared to Terry Gilliam's Brazil and David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch. [img]http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/2626/kafka1991dvdripdivxqixvah8.jpg[/img] Jeremy Irons as Mr. Kafka Theresa Russell as Gabriela Joel Grey as Mr. Burgel Alec Guinness as Chief clerk Ian Holm as Doctor Murnau Jeroen Krabbé as Mr. Bizzlebek Armin Mueller-Stahl as Inspector Grubach Brian Glover as Castle henchman Keith Allen as Assistant Ludwig Simon McBurney as Assistant Oscar Robert Flemyng as Keeper of the Files Ion Caramitru as Solemn anarchist Josef Abrhám as Friend of Kafka Guy Fithen as Friend of Kafka Ondrej Havelka as Friend of Kafka Jerome Flynn as Castle attendant Ewan Stewart as Castle attendant Jim McPhee as Castle attendant Petr Jákl as Quarry labourer David Jensen as Laughing man [img]https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTPtRS6PcrwZR6yzQn2HhbxmQll4mXPCW9bdAll3sBGeA545m808A[/img] My selection for the next Sherlock Holmes Directed by Steven Soderbergh Produced by Harry Benn Stuart Cornfeld Written by Lem Dobbs Music by Cliff Martinez Cinematography Walt Lloyd Editing by Steven Soderbergh Studio Baltimore Pictures Pricel Renn Productions Distributed by Miramax Films Release dates November 15, 1991 Running time 98 minutes [img]https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRacjJLJfHZNjM96fW-rqt4S3gepmOuwylRP4fdTl-uF-hO1Dls[/img] Country France, United States Language English Budget $11,000,000 Box office $1,059,071 [img]https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcThn8O2DM_nGEm7SG-1yjKllvzmEnBhJi8DQSUP4JyIkJiHesBA[/img]

    A masterpiece! As with reading author Kafka, so is the movie. A surrelistic blend of reality and weirdness. Jeremy Irons brings his usual quality to the film while Joel Grey ("Caberet") as his boss at an insurance company appears early in the film. Sadly, I had a tough time understanding the dialog due to the quick speaking English dialect! [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/6/6e/Kafka_film.jpg/220px-Kafka_film.jpg[/img] Perhaps the French-American collaboration on the film destined this to be a flop at the box office, but that should NOT deter YOU from giving the film a chance. Sir Alec Guinness, Jeremy Irons, Joel Grey... now that's entertainment! (if you do not know any, or even one of these 3 names, suggest you get educated and stop ordering cognacs at my Cafe, asap) [img]http://www.unsungfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/kafka_04.jpg[/img] Jeremy Irons best Kafka is a 1991 mystery thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. Ostensibly a biopic, based on the life of Franz Kafka, the film blurs the lines between fact and Kafka's fiction (most notably The Castle and The Trial), creating a Kafkaesque atmosphere. -- wikipedia Knowing all my Cafe Americain guests ie friends, I am quite certain it will appeal if not delight all of them! [img]https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQNtikNB62kMtMwBZObYN1eXmmsKOxIi5Qsl1b9TlOaPe5kDtKxVw[/img] Author Kafka, left...... Actor Kafka, right SEE the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R56lJ9twaNE Suspense drama, done like some Orson Welles Magnificent Ambersons type movie, had to have been a shock to audiences at the time. 3 of 4 RT members liked the film while half the paid critics, including Roger Ebert, disliked it. [img]https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTfbOx0bNDkAP8CFj2Pyx2dNScH9W9KoKPoW0wHRRazaKcL5VYScQ[/img] SEE the entire film, judge for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_MmwyazJBk RT member reviews: 40% As every Soderbergh's movie, the direction is unique but the project he used this time is so not interesting and from the start to the end you feel a ... 50% Mysterious and stylish but incoherent and empty, "Kafka" is a good-looking disappointment for director Steven Soderbergh. Impressive camerawork and sn... [img]https://static.squarespace.com/static/51aef9f1e4b0df23589b86cb/51aefa64e4b005e6b6548c9c/51aefa69e4b005e6b65498f0/1359536355827/1000w/kafka3.jpg[/img] NOTES: 1 Released after Soderbergh's critically acclaimed debut Sex, Lies, and Videotape it was the first of what would be a series of low-budget box-office disappointments. 2 It has since become a cult film, being compared to Terry Gilliam's Brazil and David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch. [img]http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/2626/kafka1991dvdripdivxqixvah8.jpg[/img] Jeremy Irons as Mr. Kafka Theresa Russell as Gabriela Joel Grey as Mr. Burgel Alec Guinness as Chief clerk Ian Holm as Doctor Murnau Jeroen Krabbé as Mr. Bizzlebek Armin Mueller-Stahl as Inspector Grubach Brian Glover as Castle henchman Keith Allen as Assistant Ludwig Simon McBurney as Assistant Oscar Robert Flemyng as Keeper of the Files Ion Caramitru as Solemn anarchist Josef Abrhám as Friend of Kafka Guy Fithen as Friend of Kafka Ondrej Havelka as Friend of Kafka Jerome Flynn as Castle attendant Ewan Stewart as Castle attendant Jim McPhee as Castle attendant Petr Jákl as Quarry labourer David Jensen as Laughing man [img]https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTPtRS6PcrwZR6yzQn2HhbxmQll4mXPCW9bdAll3sBGeA545m808A[/img] My selection for the next Sherlock Holmes Directed by Steven Soderbergh Produced by Harry Benn Stuart Cornfeld Written by Lem Dobbs Music by Cliff Martinez Cinematography Walt Lloyd Editing by Steven Soderbergh Studio Baltimore Pictures Pricel Renn Productions Distributed by Miramax Films Release dates November 15, 1991 Running time 98 minutes [img]https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRacjJLJfHZNjM96fW-rqt4S3gepmOuwylRP4fdTl-uF-hO1Dls[/img] Country France, United States Language English Budget $11,000,000 Box office $1,059,071 [img]https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcThn8O2DM_nGEm7SG-1yjKllvzmEnBhJi8DQSUP4JyIkJiHesBA[/img]