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Who Was Kafka

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Franz Kafka, renowned author of The Metamorphosis and The Trial, is considered one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Plagued by sleepwalking, Kafka wrote almost exclusively at night. Small wonder that his classic novels resemble dreams or, more precisely - nightmares.

Who Was Kafka? explores this and much about the secretive and legendary literary figure who, according to director Richard Dindo, "wrote perhaps the most beautiful letters in the history of literature." Using actors to play the people who knew Kafka the best, the film features "interviews" with historical figures who respond using the actual words they wrote about their unique relationships with the writer.

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Studio Facets Multimedia
SKU 205115684
UPC 736899110529
UPC 14 00736899110529
Format DVD
Release Date 9/25/2007
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Alexander Wachholz - Actor
Anne Lecour - Editor
Carl Achleitner - Actor
Irene Kugler - Actor
Maurice Ravel - Original Music By
Peter Kaghanovitch - Actor
Rene Baumann - Cinematographer
Rene Zumbuhl - Editor
Richard Dindo - Director
Richard Dindo - Writer
Richard Dindo - Executive Producer
Serge Lalou - Executive Producer
Reviews
ReviewSource Intermedias Review
Review A sickly boy, terrified of his strict Austrian Jewish father, grows up in an ambience of gothic buildings, baroque statues, rampant anti-semitism - and emerges as the angst-ridden icon of existentialism and absurdist literature...As recorded in his diaries, Franz Kafka's life was hell...But why so unhappy? There were close colleagues, loving siblings, girlfriends. Could Prague and Kafka's tyrannical parent alone have produced such irrevocable despair?...Who Was Kafka? is a marvelously poetic and affecting melange of recollections by close friends, colleagues and lovers. The actors portray these roles so artfully it is easy to believe they are the actual characters...Max Brod, Kafka's lifelong friend and publisher, whom he met in university and bonded with over a shared affection for Nietzche: "We can imagine his childhood must have been unspeakably lonely. He had to be pushed, almost begged, to show anyone what he had written"...Kafka had instructed Brod to burn his work. But after his death Brod ignored the request...A woman coming up the aisle after the movie commented to a friend, "Well, that was dark." Quel surprise...Who Was Kafka?, as was the author himself, is an experience beyond the norm. Highly recommended.
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Reviewer Sandra Peredo
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, French, English, German, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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Sandra Peredo, Intermedias Review ...a marvelously poetic and affecting melange of recollections by close friends, colleagues and lovers...Highly recommended.
The Book Republic A marvel of thorough research...

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