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…

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