Sunday, September 15, 2013

Das Schloß / The Castle

Happily finished Austrian director Michael Haneke's Das Schloß / The Castle, a 1997 movie faithfully based on Franz Kafka's unfinished novel (or extended fragment, ending literally in mid-sentence) of the same name that was first published in 1926. It would make a good companion piece to other Kafka adaptations. 

Anyone dealing with the "health care industry" or, indeed, various other types of large scale organisms, organizations or system-clusters would recognize the truth of Kafka's vision. That is, absurdity prevails. Mistakes. Errors. Oversights. Misunderstandings. Deliberate and -- maybe even sometimes -- accidental.
Das Schloß / The Castle is not really a comedy, but there are elements of satire and dark humor. 

Convenient way to catch up on Kafka, see a movie and hear what amounts to a German audio book, as well. 

Never ever fear: subtitles do appear.  

Today's Rune: Defense.


Charles Gramlich said...

absurdity prevails. Indeed!

pattinase (abbott) said...

I have a vague memory of a film with Anthony Perkins based on this.

jodi said...

Erik-I haven't read any Kafka since high school. But I liked his dry style.