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Animated scenes from the Kafka's life, as told in his diaries.

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Piotr Dumala

Writer:

Piotr Dumala
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Animated scenes from the Kafka's life, as told in his diaries.

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May 1992 (Poland) See more »

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Dumala developed an interesting animation technique for this film: he used a thick board of plaster, and then covered it with paint that he could scrap off or paint over, animating with a stand-up camera, in a process similar to oil paint animation or sand animation. See more »

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An amazing work of art...
31 August 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

If you are looking for a fun cartoon, keep looking! FRANZ KAFKA (himself, not a particularly funny guy) is an art film...period. It makes no attempt to tell a traditional narrative and really doesn't tell Kafka's life either. Instead, it's the framework for some amazing artwork by Piotr Dumala. But, like most works of art, describing it really doesn't do it justice--you really need to see it yourself. However, I'll try to describe it a bit.

The film consists of black and white images that appear scratched or cross-hatched on the screen. It's very, very dark and brooding throughout and loudly seems to yell "Depression!!". What exactly happens in Kafka's life is episodic and occasionally filled with rather explicit nudity but since this is the artist's vision it can be seen as necessary.

Will the film shock or depress you? Probably. But, if you like artsy-fartsy animation, then this is for you!!


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