Remembering what a forebidding interior studio the old Paris Gare d'Orsay provided, it seems fitting that Prague's Franz Kafka International Airport (named for little Czechoslovakia's favorite literary son) should be the site chosen by Munich's Grosse Films to remake Orson Welles' THE TRIAL. On the Net for several days but getting a lot of play momentarily, here is a brief TV documentary on some of the reasons why the airport, which opened after the fall of the Berlin Wall, has been chosen: http://www.theonion.com/content/video/p ... ernational
John Malkovich, who will take the lead role of "Josef K.," and also direct, said after viewing the above documentary, "It doesn't make you feel like you are Fedrico Fellini, John Keats or Orson Welles, does it? Oh, well, after THE GREAT BUCK HENRY, I need to do something . . . important. Something that will express the new angst! I see Josef K as an Othello for our time, harried by nameless Iago's. Obama as The Modern Everyman."
[You may have to play with your mouse to completely load and get into Full Screen; the site is crashing from receiving so many hits. Also, look closely for Malkovich doing a Wellsian heavy makeup test as a counter attendant. Others may differ, of course, but he reminds me of Gregory Arkadin in that great, imperious airport appearance which I remember so well from the lost 1955 version of M. ARKADIN. Malkovich plans to shoot his film in Sorbian, the ancient Central Bohemian language of the Přemyslid dynasty. I would have it no other way. What a travesty, to have John Malkovich's masterpiece translated into English!]
I can't help thinking Orson would have approved, don't you?