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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins. See more awards »
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Woland the Knifeman
Elaine Collins ...
Miss Cicely
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Frau Bunofsky
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Party Girl
Jessie Doyle ...
Party Girl
Sammy Sheldon ...
Party Girl (as Samantha Howarth)
Justine Luxton ...
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Laura Reiss ...
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Thea Tait ...
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Lucy Woodhouse ...
Party Girl
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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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Mia yperohi zoi  »

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

Quotes

Franz Kafka: He gave me inspiration and I gave him death.
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References Pinocchio (1940) 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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Capra and Kafka
4 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Written and directed by Peter Capaldi, better known as an actor but had aspiration to be a writer and director

This short film (jointly) won an Oscar for the best short film category.

Richard E Grant takes the title role as Franz Kafka trying to write the opening line of 'Metamorphosis' in his dark room whilst being disturbed by strange and sinister people. Grant who has in the past given uneven acting performances gives an inspired acting display.

The black and white film is of course surreal and comic, almost Pythonesque. As the tile of the film implies it splices Kafka with Frank Capra!


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