Directed by Valeri Fokin.
With Yevgeni Mironov, Igor Kvasha, Tatyana Lavrova.
Russia, 2002, color, 90 min.
Russian with English subtitles.

Acclaimed Russian theater director Valeri Fokin offers a unique take on one of Kakfa's greatest short stories. Yevgeni Mironov stars as Gregor Samsa, the mild-mannered clerk who awakens to find himself transformed into a giant insect. Without the aid of special effects or outlandish makeup and costuming, Fokin succeeds in constructing a compelling and plausible transformation thanks in large part to a strong performance from Mironov. Fokin's sensitivity to the story's exploration of class tensions in early 1900s Prague is just as telling in the post-Soviet Russian era.


  • The Metamorphosis of Mr. Samsa

    Directed by Caroline Leaf.
    Canada, 1977, 16mm, color, 10 min.

Gregor Samsa experiences an unimaginable transformation in Kafka's most famous story. Caroline Leaf brings Kafka's world of alienation and guilt to life using an innovative sand-on-glass technique, sepia-toned imagery, and an imaginative soundtrack.

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