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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 »

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Franz Kafka: He gave me inspiration and I gave him death.
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References Pinocchio (1940) See more »

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Sweet Mystery of Life
Written by Victor Herbert
Arranged by Philip Appleby
Performed by Crispin Letts
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What if Kafka was the main character of It's a Wonderful Life?
21 December 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

A slip of the tongue by actor Peter Capaldi's wife inspired him to write and make this Oscar winning gem. Richard E. Grant gives wonderful performance as the tortured Franz Kafka who struggles with the opening line of 'Metamorphosis' amid the distractions of his dark and sinister rooming house. Disturbances include a girls party, a lady trying to deliver a giant insect costume' and a psychotic knife sharpener, (another marvellous performance by Ken Stott),who has lost his little friend.

The black and white cutaway sequences showing his various inspirations for Gregor transformations are hilarious. The final scene, where the story strands are tied up and all the characters brought together in a twisted version of the finale of 'It's a Wonderful Life' is funny and moving at the same time.

The perfect Christmas film for the slightly odd.


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