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Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life (1993)

While trying to decide what Gregor Samsa wakes up as, Kafka's constantly being interrupted by knife-selling strangers, party noise, girls, fancy dress costumes, and other strange, dreamlike... See full summary »

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While trying to decide what Gregor Samsa wakes up as, Kafka's constantly being interrupted by knife-selling strangers, party noise, girls, fancy dress costumes, and other strange, dreamlike visions. Written by Kathy Li

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29 November 1995 (USA)  »

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Elaine Collins (Miss Cicely) is the wife of writer and director Peter Capaldi. See more »

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Franz Kafka: He gave me inspiration and I gave him death.
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Hark the Herald Angels Sing
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Lyrics by Charles Wesley
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Performed by Phyllis Logan, Elaine Collins and Richard E. Grant
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Monty Python meets Orson Welles over the body of Franz Kafka with spectacular results!

Franz Kafka is probably still spinning over this one almost ten years after the fact. There are echos of suspense in this one, but mostly it resembles Python at its full-bore, full throttle best. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, the costumer here also did costumes for The Python series. Too many moments to pick anything out, but it is absolutely wonderful. The incredibly serious among you will probably gnash teeth and pound thy breasts over the violation of Kafka, but the sufficiently twisted will love this! This won the Academy Award for Live-Action Short (in a tie with Trevor, he noted for accuracy's sake) and it's good to see this in print and available. Most highly recommended.


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