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Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life (1995)

Peter Capaldi's short film, "Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life", starring Richard E. Grant, won the 1995 Oscar for best live action short.

Peter Capaldi’s short film, “Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life”, starring Richard E. Grant, won the Oscar for best live action short in 1995.

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. ┬áBut 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?

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