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Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life... and Other Strange Tales (1993)

Cast: Richard E. Grant
Director: Peter Capaldi
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Vanguard Cinema
Genre: Foreign, Black Comedy, Experimental/Avant-Garde, UK
Running Time: 82 min.
Languages: English
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Richard E. Grant stars in this short satiric comedy as gloomy author Franz Kafka, who has been stricken with a serious case of writer's block on Christmas Eve. Kafka is trying to get started on his latest short story, The Metamorphosis, but he isn't sure what his protagonist Gregor Samsa should become. As Kafka struggles with indecision, he has to content with a loud holiday party downstairs, several unexpected guests, and a sinister knife salesman who has a bone to pick with Franz. Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life was produced under the auspices of the British Broadcasting Company; it later received an Academy award as Best Live Action Short Subject of 1995. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A fine discovery by norskog October 5, 2005 - 10:14 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
"It's a Wonderful Life" is one of four shorts in the collection. Richard E. Grant is underappreciated.

A fine discovery on this disc is "The Deal", written by the comic Lewis "Back in" Black. Two corporate titans meet, test, and bond with each other. Both are obsessed with testicles, and have altered their own.

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Movies About Writers
Some of the best films about writers, although very few get the writer's life exactly write, er, right. Writers, we're a mopey, lonely lot according to most films. (Well, that part's accurate.)

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