Short and sweet BBC film on Christmas truces, starring Peter Capaldi and Samuel West, and featuring all the Christmas classics: abandoned seaside piers, balloons, World War I carnage, and Elvis. Continue reading
To round out my recent film history kick, we have perhaps the greatest documentary ever made on the history of British B-movies: The Cricklewood Greats, directed and hosted by Peter Capaldi, and written by Capaldi and Tony Roche of The Thick of It, Veep, and Holy Flying Circus. A masterpiece. A veritable masterpiece, sending up both British classic film and television documentary at the same time. No, I’ll go further: a veritable masterpiece whose truthiness is capped off with a frothy Terry Gilliam confection, made up of documentary footage, all-too-painfully-true satire, digs at Thatcher, and the
best worst only joke made at the expense of continuity girls in the history of comedy.
Peter Capaldi’s had an amazing run the past few years, playing Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It, Randall Brown in The Hour, and now heading up Doctor Who. But in 1995, he won an Oscar for a short film he wrote and directed for BBC Scotland, “Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life”, a feel-good Christmas tale starring Richard E. Grant, Phyllis Logan, the crushing anxiety of the artist, and a few giant cockroaches.
At about 20 minutes, it’s a bit longer than my usual weekday videos, but what the heck, it’s Friday, and nothing says “party” like Kafka, does it?