"He gave me inspiration and I gave him death."
- Franz Kafka in Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life
The rest of the 23-minute film revolves around Kafka's struggle to write that one single line. In fact, it revolves solely around his struggle to figure out exactly what Gregor Samsa transformed into. This surreal film explores a lot of options, including a banana.
Interruptions abound, as well, in the form of:
- Multiple knocks and interruptions at the door.
- Other interruptions from noisy neighbors.
- A nearby barking dog.
References to It's a Wonderful Life and other Capra films abound:
- At one point, neighbors begin playing "Polly Wolly Doodle" on the piano, disrupting his thought. This song was recurrent in Frank Capra's You Can't Take it With You.
- He is rescued by the donations made by his neighbors that change his outlook on life and his end story.
- In the final scene, his neighbors begin to sing "Hark the Herald, Angels Sing."
- Kafka comments "I didn't realize that I had so many friends."
- Kafka invites his neighbors to call him "Mr. F." which is reminiscent of Henry F. Potter.
- Kafka picks up his neighbor's youngest daughter and together they join the chorus of "Hark the Herald."
Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life was released in 1995 and stars Richard E. Grant.