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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 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:

Mia yperohi zoi See more »

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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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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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Clever cross-bred pastiche
9 September 2000 | by RayGSee all my reviews

As its name suggests, this short film cross-breeds Kafka with Capra. Kafka is pestered by neighbours, children, and the sinister Woland the Knifeman (who suspects Kakfa of killing his pet beetle). This is a delightful dark comedy pastiche, Richard E Grant performing at his nervy best in a sinister but ultimately heartwarming film.


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