Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life

in Film, Literature | July 20th, 2011

Combine Franz Kafka’s 1915 novella The Metamorphosis (get free etext here) with Frank Capra’s 1946 classic film, It’s a Wonderful Life, and what do you get? A rather remarkable absurdist short film. Directed by Peter Capaldi, Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life won an Oscar for Live Action Short Film in 1994, plus a BAFTA Award for Best Short Film. Watch Part 1 above, and then find Part 2 and Part 3 on YouTube. The 25 minute film is also added to our collection of Free Movies Online.

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  1. July 22, 2011 / 9:31 am

    You will certainly enjoy this, then: Gregor Samsa’s correspondence with Dr. Seuss, a creation of Canada’s CBC and one of the cleverest bits of radio I’ve ever heard.

  2. Garrigus Carraig says . . .
    August 14, 2011 / 10:01 pm

    Odd. The hypothetical contributions of Franz Kafka to “It’s a Wonderful Life” were previously explored by Jonathan Lethem & Carter Scholz in the story “Receding Horizon” of 1999.

  3. Paula Reed Nancarrow says . . .
    December 24, 2011 / 3:05 pm

    Parts I, II and III do not actually appear to be the entire movie, which runs 80-some minutes and is available from Amazon and Vudu. Although I’m not sure I could take the entire film – twenty-two minutes was clever, but enough.

  4. excellency says . . .
    January 10, 2013 / 10:37 pm

    hi. all these movies aren’t here for free download,are they? how can i download them?

  5. Joe D. says . . .
    March 11, 2013 / 11:35 am

    @Garrigus Carraig, you’re not much of one for thoroughly reading before commenting are you? This film won an Oscar in 1994, thus it was made it 1993. How exactly is a short story from 1999 “previous” to a film made in 1993? Your comment would be accurate of the short story that explored what this film already had six years previously.

  6. Martin Sachs says . . .
    August 2, 2013 / 10:55 pm

    I have an ambivalent hate-love relationship to Kafka. Started in German Literature lessons at High school, and continued in my own writing. I very much enjoyed the short film, thanks for putting the link here.
    Paula, which movie are you talking about? This one runs 23 minutes, according to imdb

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