Let’s sneak in a quick birthday celebration before the 4th. Franz Kafka was born on this day (July 3), a good 127 years ago. To commemorate the occasion, we’re presenting Piotr Dumala’s 1992 short animated film called, quite simply, Franz Kafka. Dumala’s animation technique grew out of his training as a sculptor, when he started experimenting with scratching images into painted plaster. Later he developed a more full blown method known as “destructive animation,” which is on full display in the film. You can learn more about Dumala and his approach here. The sixteen minute film is based on The Diaries of Franz Kafka, and now appears in our collection of Free Movies Online.