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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 »

Director:

Peter Capaldi

Writer:

Peter Capaldi
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard E. Grant ... Franz Kafka
Crispin Letts ... Gregor Samsa
Ken Stott ... Woland the Knifeman
Elaine Collins Elaine Collins ... Miss Cicely
Phyllis Logan ... Frau Bunofsky
Julie Cox ... Party Girl
Jessie Doyle Jessie Doyle ... Party Girl
Sammy Sheldon Sammy Sheldon ... Party Girl (as Samantha Howarth)
Justine Luxton Justine Luxton ... Party Girl
Laura Reiss Laura Reiss ... Party Girl
Thea Tait Thea Tait ... Party Girl
Lucy Woodhouse Lucy Woodhouse ... Party Girl
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo
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Trivia

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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Connections

References Pinocchio (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Hark the Herald Angels Sing
(uncredited)
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!
7 April 2003 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

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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