Short Film of the Day: Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life

Why Watch? Because inspiration comes to those who…hold on, someone’s at the door.

As the title might suggest, this short film is an absurd boundary-pusher that smashes together two pieces of culture in the messiest way possible. Richard E. Grant (who most will remember from Withnail and I) stars here as Kafka as he stands (or sits) at the precipice of writing his masterpiece. Fate doesn’t seem to be a fan.

If some humor can be called dry, the deliver here is downright arid. It’s both maddeningly calm and humorously inviting, and the visual work is meant to confound at almost all times. It’s no wonder it won the BAFTA and tied for the Oscar.

Questioning what the hell you just saw is perfectly fine both during the short and after it’s finished.

What does it cost? Just 23 minutes of your time.

Check out Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life for yourself:


Trust us. You have time for more short films.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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