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Kafka

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Kafka

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
98 minutes
performer:
Jeremy Irons, Theresa Russell, Alec Guinness, Ian Holm, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Simon McBurney
director:
Steven Soderbergh
distributor:
Miramax
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Comedy

We gave it a C-

In Kafka, Jeremy Irons? gaunt, sunken features seem just right for playing the haunted Czech writer Franz Kafka. And the oddly and bizarrely angled architecture of Prague, shot in black and white, easily insinuates the nightmare world of dread and dislocation about which Kafka wrote so compellingly. It?s strange, then, that this quasi thriller, featuring Kafka as a character ridden with anxiety and alienation (not unlike those characters he himself created), should seem so interminable. But then again, most pretension is. The style of director Steven Soderbergh (sex, lies and videotape) is twitchy, posturing, film school stuff — at odds with the resonant, idea-oriented spirit of Kafka?s writing. Anyone curious about the man who wrote The Metamorphosis and The Castle ought to pass up the video store for a book shop instead. C-

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