Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life

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Richard E. Grant stars in this short satiric comedy as gloomy author Franz Kafka, who has been stricken with a serious case of writer's block on Christmas Eve. Kafka is trying to get started on his latest short story, The Metamorphosis, but he isn't sure what his protagonist Gregor Samsa should become. As Kafka struggles with indecision, he has to content with a loud holiday party downstairs, several unexpected guests, and a sinister knife salesman who has a bone to pick with Franz. Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life was produced under the auspices of the British Broadcasting Company; it later received an Academy award as Best Live Action Short Subject of 1995. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


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  • Oct 16, 2013
    A tormented Franz Kafka struggles to complete the first line of his story "The Metamorphosis" ("Gregor Samsa turns into a giant WHAT?"), and the constant interruptions by his weird and disconcerting neighbors don't help. A black comedy that manages to be a paranoia parody and legitimately unsettling at the same time, beautifully scripted and with a wonderfully twitchy performance by Richard E. Grant; about 20 minutes is the perfect length for this material.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2012
    A cheesy but surprisingly good short film. The writer being portrayed is an uptight coward suffering from Writers Block. He is trying to find something that a regular man would all of a sudden become a ginormous version of. Distracting him are a bum looking for "his little friend", a party below him, and a vagabond costume seller. They all tie into the story at the end. While it seemed like something you'd see on PBS at two in the afternoon it just felt nice to watch. The humor was entertaining and the road to the end was filled with its moments
    Daniel D Super Reviewer

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