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BEE_REAL_ t1_iufnryu wrote

> This is a fantastic analysis: After Hours Analysis: Urban Wizard of Oz

It is literally an adaptation of Kafka's The Trial


Rabbitscooter t1_iuh40wg wrote

>Kafka's The Trial

Totally. Very Kafka-esque. There's actually a line in the film, "I'll take your money 'cause I want you to feel you haven't left anything untried" that is almost a direct quote from the Kafka story, "Before the Law" in which a gatekeeper character says: “I am taking this only so that you do not think you have failed to do anything.” But I think the other references are also there, Wizard of Oz, and the descent into the Underworld. It's great mixup of classic and modern journey myths, which is why it feels, to me anyway, timeless.


BEE_REAL_ t1_iuh4bcx wrote

The phrasing of the line in After Hours is taken directly from Orson Welles' adaptation of The Trial, which uses Before the Law as a prologue

Welles' The Trial is also (no offense to After Hours) a way better movie imo


Rabbitscooter t1_iuh5li2 wrote

Haven't seen it in years so definitely time for a rewatch.