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The Castle (Chateau Le Das Schloss)

The Castle (Chateau Le Das Schloss)
2:03:00 | 1997

Categories: Drama, Thrillers, Sci-Fi

Michael Haneke's film of Franz Kafka's THE CASTLE pairs one of the most influential voices in 20th century literature with one of the most visionary filmmakers of the new millennium. Originally broadcast on Austrian television in 1997, Kino offers The Castle on US DVD for the first time. A film as complex, vivid, and "intriguing" (New York Times) as Orson Welles' The Trial, The Castle is both an ingenious, perversely faithful interpretation of the master of alienation's novel, and a worthy companion to The Piano Teacher, Caché and other films from the darkest leading light of contemporary cinema.

A land surveyor identified simply as K is summoned to a remote mountain village by the local government, known as (and housed in) "the castle." Unable to convince underlings of the legitimacy of his position, he tries to take his case to castle officials. But the more K struggles to gain entrance, the more obstructive the village's provincial bureaucracy becomes. As the absurdity of K's circumstances and the depth and intricacy of the castle's hold on the villagers grows, Haneke masterfully evokes Kafka's vision of a dystopian society hobbled by paperwork and bled dry by conformism and convolution. Using an expert cast headed by Haneke regulars Ulrich Mühe and Susanne Lothar, and beautifully austere, Rembrandt-like visuals, Haneke transforms Kafka's unfinished novel into a potent, enigmatic, and complete film experience that is truly Kafkaesque.

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christina ecolano
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February 10, 2014
B-
Bruce Robinson
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December 18, 2013
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ashis sanyal
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November 17, 2013
B+
Judith Ray
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November 15, 2013
B+
Jim Buckley
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November 15, 2013
A-
I never rate anything an A.
Doug Heller
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September 29, 2013
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Douglas Roberts
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September 11, 2013
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Nobu Massiah
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September 10, 2013
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Daniel Meyerson
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September 7, 2013
F
I have no idea as to what this is all about! Some people wasted their time and money to make this picture?
VM
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August 9, 2013
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uhalde
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July 19, 2013
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Stephanie Sharis
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July 8, 2013
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Kevin Edwards
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June 29, 2013
It would not play for me. It kept asking me to verify my age but wouldn't allow me to input my birthdate.
Glenn Williams
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June 1, 2012
The film cut out in mid-sentence near the end: is the to emphasize the Kafka-esque nature of the experience, or was it a technical difficulty? It stopped as they were walkiing through the snow the Gerstaecker's house...
Kirill Galetski
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September 1, 2012
Kafka's novel THE CASTLE is unfinished, and the film trails off exactly where the book does...