Kafka DVD Jeremy Irons

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.

Industry Reviews
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (02/06/1992)

"...It has a genuinely nightmarish quality..."
Sight and Sound - Nick James (03/01/1994)

"...Intoxicatingly photographed by Walt Lloyd in elegant, exquisite black and white..."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (12/04/1991)

"Why don't you publish more often? Is it a certain laziness with regard to composition? Or are you just one of those writers with, how shall I say, no use for an audience?"--Dr. Murnau (Ian Holm), to Kafka (Jeremy Irons)

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