A film based on Franz Kafka’s short story The Metamorphosis, the story is told through the animation of beach sand on a piece of glass.
Using simple means – sand, silhouettes, paintings on glass and drawings etched directly onto film – acclaimed and innovative animator Caroline Leaf has created films that possess the disturbing power of dreams. Her films typically have a fluid, amorphous quality, whereby figures and backgrounds metamorphose into one another, and she imparts impressive narrative depth to her work by concentrating on carefully delineated shifts in her characters’ circumstances.
Leaf began making films as a student at Harvard University in 1968, when she attended Derek Lamb’s animation workshop at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Her first film, Sand or Peter and the Wolf (1969), showcased her mastery of sand animation, a process she developed that involves manipulating sand spread over a light box to produce shapes and images, frame by frame. After spending a year in Italy, she used a fellowship from Harvard to make her second film, Orfeo (1971), made with ink silhouettes.
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Yeah, that person below me clearly has no idea of what he's saying. So what, must we follow Kafka's, Endo's and whoever other established author's "significant" literary devices and / or content in order to adapt it they way they "see" it? One of Leaf's most dynamic and meticulously constructed pieces of fine art and an exemplary use of editing cut to progress the story-line.
Directors are able, and should be encouraged, to use a certain level of creative expression. However, by showing the bug in physical form, Leaf has degraded one of Kafka's most important devices. Kafka, himself, refused to publish any story that had cover art displaying an insect. Unfortunately, the film's beautiful animation is trounced by the lazy decision to introduce Gregor in insect form.