Maximilian Schell plays an anonymous stranger called “K” who arrives at a strange village and claims he is the new land surveyor for a nearby castle. However, K meets one obstacle after another and soon discovers he can not gain access to the castle.
It’s a conflict with bureaucracy all the way as his repeated applications to the castle for residence permission are thwarted time after time, only to be granted after his death.
As K continues trying to gain entrance, we are brought into a sinister world of regiment, isolation and faceless bureaucracy.
Franz Kafka’s story was beautifully filmed in West Germany and Switzerland and originally titled Das Schloss.
Hanns Ernst Jäger