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Kafka (1991)

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Release Date
• USA: Nov 15, 1991

Budget $11,000,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 38 minutes

Country France, USA

Studio Baltimore Pictures, Miramax, Pricel, Renn Productions

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Genre: Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Surreal, Kidnapping, Suspense, Disturbing, Political, Murder, Investigation, Biography, Period Piece, Spy, Drugs, Detectives

Plot: Steven Soderbergh’s follow-up to the hugely successful SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE is a dark thriller that follows a fictionalized realization of the influential writer Franz Kafka. Set in the early 20th century, the film begins with Kafka (Jeremy Irons) as a reclusive aspiring writer who works as a clerk in a huge, impersonal insurance company. When a colleague disappears under mysterious circumstances, Kafka's search for him leads him to an underworld of evil and corruption. At first he encounters Gabriela (Theresa Russell), a mysterious coworker who attempts to recruit him into her underground revolutionary organization, but his extreme sense of individuality won’t allow him to join their group. As the days progress and Kafka receives the promotion that was intended for his colleague, his search leads him to a guarded mansion that turns out to be the cause of the city’s rash of recent deaths. Soderbergh shoots KAFKA in an atmospheric black and white that adds tension to the already edgy mystery, shifting to color once Kafka enters the building in order to contrast the worlds even more. As the introverted Kafka, Irons is the definition of an unassuming man who finds himself caught up in a world that is far beyond his control.

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 Directed by
Steven Soderbergh
Traffic, Ocean's Twelve, Erin Brockovich
 Written by
Lem Dobbs
The Limey, The Hard Way, Hider in the House
Jeremy Irons
The Lion King, Kingdom of Heaven, Die Hard: With a Vengeance
Theresa Russell
Wild Things, The Believer, Black Widow
Joel Grey
Dancer in the Dark, Cabaret, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
Ian Holm
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Fifth Element
Armin Mueller-Stahl
The Game, The X Files, Shine
Alec Guinness
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Star Wars
Brian Glover
Alien 3, An American Werewolf in London, Snow White: A Tale of Terror
 Music By
Cliff Martinez
Traffic, Solaris, The Limey

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