Kafka script
Kafka (1991)
Synopsis: Kafka is a 1991 mystery thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. Ostensibly a biopic, based on the life of Franz Kafka, the film blurs the lines between fact and Kafka's fiction (most notably The Castle and The Trial), creating a Kafkaesque atmosphere. It was written by Lem Dobbs, and stars Jeremy Irons in the title role, with Theresa Russell, Ian Holm, Jeroen Krabbé, Joel Grey, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Alec Guinness.

KAFKA:

Your credibility -- yes, it's well

known.

BURGEL:

(flushed)

When I deliver a message the very

act of delivering it, you might say,

gives it an official stamp, and only

in this way are both the sender and

the receiver satisfied that it was

delivered at all.

KAFKA:

I'll commit that to memory.

They stare at each other with mutual antagonism.

BURGEL:

Your position in this firm is not

unassailable.

He waddles away.

KAFKA:

Has one more look over at the empty desk before returning to

his work.

THE OFFICE:

The desks make a checkerboard pattern of the huge floor as

Burgel calculates his path among them.

CUT:

LODGING HOUSE - MIDDAY

Kafka comes up the stairs to the top landing. He knocks on a

door. Waits. Knocks again. Leans a little closer to listen

for a moment, then goes away back down the stairs.

GROUND FLOOR:

Kafka comes through the door that divides the stairs from the

hall, goes to knock on the door of the first apartment down

here.

BIZARRE VOICE:

Yes?

KAFKA:

I'm sorry to disturb you -- I

wonder if you know where my

friend Eduard is?

BIZARRE VOICE:

I can't hear you! -- You'd better

come in.

APARTMENT:

Kafka comes in tentatively, seeing the CONCIERGE in a far

corner of the cluttered room, in bed, covers tucked right up

to her chin.

KAFKA:

-- I didn't want to bother you.

CONCIERGE:

Well, you have. What do you

want?

KAFKA:

(pointing upstairs)

My friend Eduard, I wonder if you've

seen him? He hasn't been in to

work, I thought he might be ill.

CUT:

STAIRS:

The Concierge trudges up to the top floor, Kafka following

guiltily.

KAFKA:

You didn't have to get out of

bed -- I could have taken the key.

CONCIERGE:

Yes, I'm sure you could.

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Lem Dobbs

Lem Dobbs (born Anton Lemuel Kitaj; 24 December 1959) is a British-American screenwriter, best known for the films Dark City (1998) and The Limey (1999). He was born in Oxford, England, and is the son of the painter, R.B. Kitaj. The nom de plume "Dobbs" was taken from the character played by Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). more…

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