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Similar to Cronenberg's take on "Naked Lunch" in that it tells the story of Kafka's life through a melding of fact and his own fiction, Soderbergh makes a film that very deftly side-steps the usual arthouse trappings and ends with a film that is very accessible in its mix of style (a hint of horror here, a hint of paranoid thriller there!) Add to it Walt Lloyd's beautiful b&w photography and you have a film that is ripe for re-discovery!!!
Dvd wise you get a decent enough widescreen transfer and a handful of trailers... It's a movie that screams for a special edition one day :-)
So, with Kafka (1991), we not only have the externally referential - of Kafka writing a story, whilst simultaneously involving himself in a real-life plot that will, in turn, become the story he is writing (The Castle) - but also the internal references to Kafka's own biographical history; from his job at the insurance company, to the difficult relationship with his father, and also his failed love affair etc. In the lead role we have one of Britain's most competent actors, Jeremy Irons, who, although never looking exactly like Kafka, does at least manage to embody the quiet, stubborn, meticulous spirit of the writer (or, at least the image that we have of him). His performance is one of complete restraint, far removed from some of his more caricatured performances of recent years, as he offers up a mirrored perspective for the audience; lingering in the background of the scene and simply reacting to what is going on around him (again, a popular device from Kafka's work).Read more ›
As I do not want anyone else to be mislead as I was, I hereby give a profound warning:
This was the only copy I could get my hands on, and I've been looking forward to watch this for years. This was not any ordinary plastic DVD case I got either, it was a costly cardboard slipcase with a foldable tray inside - it even included a colour image spread across the whole inside of it. Very nice indeed, and this made me say to myself: «Quality!»
And now for the part that makes my intestines wrench and brain reach the point of meltdown! You wanna have a guess? You probably guessed right. GOOD OL' RETRO LETTERBOX! Excactly! Inside this lovely wrapping there is to be found nothing else but a widescreen image shrunk to 4:3 format (please correct me if I'm not using the terms right). And in addition, the video is more pixellated than what I normally experience. To be honest, I had to turn it off as it simply ruined the pleasure of watching the film. (As a comment and suggestion I advise all of you to look for Blu-ray version of any movie you're thinking of buying - ESPECIALLY movies older than ten years - as it will serve as a seal of quality, so to say. At least then you know what you will get).
To summarise: look for another release of this picture. I know there is at least one other beside this (perhaps available from one of the biggest second-hand online stores?)
- Thank you for reading!
The invented plot of the film centres on Kafka's attempts to solve the mysterious death of a work colleague and friend. In doing so, it heroises him - a thought the author himself might have found ridiculous.Read more ›
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an interesting film that is pure kafka all paranoia and self loathing Jeremy Irons is great reminded me of Terry Gilliam film directed by Steven Soderbergh. I enjoyed it.Published 4 months ago by Andrew Hammond
This film has excellent cinematography. It has wonderfully moody sets. It has Prague. It even has Sir Alec Guinness! It could have been a bull's eye hit. Read morePublished 9 months ago by C K Dexter Haven
Did nor arrive at destination, though I was told so after a while and was reimbursed.
Contenwise a three star
This is an incisive and duly painful portrayal of the essence of Central Europe between the two world wars. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2012 by Squinancy
I bought this as a simple introduction to Kafka, and because I admire Jermey Irons. Don't. It's badly constructed, overlong, poorly filmed and so dry, and monotonous I could barely... Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2010 by Mike