Let's sneak in a quick birthday celebration before the 4th. Franz Kafka was born on this day (July 3), a good 130 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 16-minute film is based on The Diaries of Franz Kafka, and now appears in our collection of 525 Free Movies Online. Also on our site, you can view Dumala's adaptation of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment.
Note: This film/post originally appeared on our site in 2010. Still enamored by Dumala's work, we thought it was time to bring it back.