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.

A rather tall young man with a kind, sensitive face.

sensitive perhaps because his eyes, ears, and nose seem

slightly bigger and more inquiring than most, and his gaze

one of almost unrelenting intensity.

He's looking off at something now.

A desk, not very far from his own. But empty. The chair

pushed squarely under it. The typewriter covered.

Kafka is wondering why -- when his concentration is




Kafka turns to see BURGEL, a creep.


The keeper of the files is still

waiting for your final summation

of the Erlanger claim.


I gave it to him yesterday.


(doesn't understand)

You didn't give it to me.


No, I left it in his office.


Did you see him?


I've never seen him. I don't

believe there is a keeper of the



He's usually in the storage room

sorting things out. He can't

close the file on a case until he

has the concluding report.


He has it, he just hasn't noticed

it yet, all right?


Who's to say he ever will? He's

a timid old man and quite careful

not to tread on anyone's toes --

In fact, I'm the only one he trusts

and he wouldn't even look at a

document if it didn't first come

through me.

Burgel just won't go away. Kafka tries to get on with his



In an organization as efficient as

ours, if a document once in a great

while gets lost it might never be

found at all.


(tiring of this)

Burgel, I thought it would be

easier, as long as I was passing --


But I'm the messenger. An error

like this damages my credibility.

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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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