Carlos Atanes’ The Metamorphosis
By Mike Everleth ⋅ June 8, 2008
Embedded above is an older (1993) short film by Spanish filmmaker Carlos Atanes, whose work I’ve had the pleasure of being introduced to this year. The Metamorphosis is an adaptation, of course, on the classic novella by Franz Kafka. It’s a bit on the longer side as far as online videos go. It runs just short of 30 minutes, but I recommend checking it out. I’m a big fan of Carlos’ films and this one, despite the low YouTube video quality and the spotty English subtitles, is up there with his other movies.
I’ve actually never read The Metamorphosis, so I don’t know how faithful an adaptation it is, but Carlos updates the action to WWII and gives the film a slight Nazi under current. Despite Gregor Samsa’s unfortunate condition, by placing the action during the early days of the war, one has to wonder if he’s not better off by having this happen to him rather than being hauled off to a concentration camp.”
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