Watch Franz Kafka, the Short Animated Film by Piotr Dumala

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.

This post originally appeared on our site in 2010. On what would now be Kafka’s 130th birthday, we’re brining it back…

If you would like to sign up for Open Culture’s free email newsletter, please find it here.

If you would like to support the mission of Open Culture, consider making a donation to our site. It’s hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us continue providing the best free cultural and educational materials to learners everywhere. You can contribute through PayPal, Patreon, Venmo (@openculture) and Crypto. Thanks!

Related Content:

Kafka’s Nightmare Tale, ‘A Country Doctor,’ Told in Award-Winning Japanese Animation

Vladimir Nabokov (Channelled by Christopher Plummer) Teaches Kafka at Cornell

Nabokov Makes Editorial Improvements to Kafka’s The Metamorphosis

Find works by Kafka in our Free eBooks and Free Audio Books collections

by | Permalink | Comments (2) |

Support Open Culture

We’re hoping to rely on our loyal readers rather than erratic ads. To support Open Culture’s educational mission, please consider making a donation. We accept PayPal, Venmo (@openculture), Patreon and Crypto! Please find all options here. We thank you!

Comments (2)
You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply

Open Culture was founded by Dan Colman.