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Castle, The (1968)

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.

K
Maximilian Schell
Olga

Iva Janzurová
Innkeeper’s Wife
Trudik Daniel
Frieda
Cordula Trantow
Amalia
Martha Wallner
Mayor
Friedrich Maurer
Burgel
Helmut Qualtinger
Mizzi
Else Ehser
Momus
E.O. Fuhrmann
Schoolmaster
Karl Hellmer
Landlord
Hanns Ernst Jäger
Barnabas
Georg Lehn
Gerstäcker
Leo Mally
Arthur
Franz Misar
Jeremiah
Johann Misar

Director
Rudolf Noelte