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The Castle (1968)

Das Schloß (original title)
A man comes to a small village to begin his new job as an attendant at the nearby castle. But everybody in the village claims that he surely must be mistaken, there is no need for an ... See full summary »

Director:

Rudolf Noelte

Writers:

Franz Kafka (novel), Rudolf Noelte | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maximilian Schell ... 'K'
Cordula Trantow ... Frieda
Trudik Daniel Trudik Daniel ... Innkeeper's Wife
Friedrich Maurer Friedrich Maurer ... Mayor
Helmut Qualtinger ... Burgel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Else Ehser Else Ehser ... Mizzi
E.O. Fuhrmann E.O. Fuhrmann ... Momus
Karl Hellmer Karl Hellmer ... Schoolmaster
Benno Hoffmann Benno Hoffmann ... Uniformed Man
Iva Janzurová ... Olga
Hanns Ernst Jäger Hanns Ernst Jäger ... Landlord
Georg Lehn Georg Lehn ... Barnabas
Leo Mally Leo Mally ... Gerstäcker
Franz Misar Franz Misar ... Arthur
Johann Misar Johann Misar ... Jeremiah
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Storyline

A man comes to a small village to begin his new job as an attendant at the nearby castle. But everybody in the village claims that he surely must be mistaken, there is no need for an attendant at the castle. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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To Frieda, "K" was a man. To the Village, he was an outsider. To the Castle, he didn't exist. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

31 August 1971 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Castle See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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In Mystery Science Theater 3000, this is Crow.T Robot's favorite movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

Original release had K die at end, later releases altered this. See more »

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Version of Zamok (1994) See more »

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An engrossing essay on futility and frustration.
9 October 2000 | by Tom MurraySee all my reviews

Franz Kafka died without finishing the book but that makes no difference; the story is never-ending. The whole story is about the efforts of a professional man, who has been hired to work in the castle, to actually get in. The bureaucracy in the adjacent village must be dealt with before he can enter but it is wholly without any ambition to succeed at anything. This is an essay on futility and frustration but it is totally engrossing. The film is similar in nature to Johnny Depp's Dead Man, except that he is faced with anarchy rather than bureaucracy.


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