GenreComedy, Drama, Mystery Duration CountryFrance, United States
Release dateNovember 15, 1991 ProducersStuart Cornfeld, Harry Benn CastJeremy Irons (Kafka), Theresa Russell (Gabriela), Armin Mueller-Stahl (Grubach), Joel Grey (Burgel), Ian Holm (Dr. Murnau), Jeroen Krabbé (Bizzlebek) Similar moviesInterstellar, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Titanic, Mission: Impossible III, The Age of Adaline, Forrest Gump
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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. It was written by Lem Dobbs, and stars Jeremy Irons in the title role, with Theresa Russell, Ian Holm, Jeroen Krabbé, Joel Grey, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Alec Guinness.
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. It has since become a cult film, being compared to Terry Gilliam's Brazil and David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch
Set in the city of Prague in 1919, Kafka tells the tale of an insurance worker who gets involved with an underground group after one of his co-workers is murdered. The underground group, responsible for bombings all over town, attempts to thwart a secret organization that controls the major events in society. He eventually penetrates the secret organization in order to confront them.
Jeremy Irons as Mr. Kafka
Theresa Russell as Gabriela
Joel Grey as Mr. Burgel
Ian Holm as Doctor Murnau
Jeroen Krabbé as Mr. Bizzlebek
Armin Mueller-Stahl as Inspector Grubach
Alec Guinness as Chief clerk
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
Kafka was met with mixed reviews from critics. As of April 2016, the film holds a rating of 57% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 21 reviews.
In a 2013 interview with Vulture, Soderbergh stated that the rights to the film had reverted to him and executive producer Paul Rassam, and that work had begun on a "completely different" version of the movie. Soderbergh reported that he and Lem Dobbs did some rewriting, inserts were shot during the making of Side Effects, and he plans to dub the film into German and release both the original and new version together.