The Trial

The Trial
  • 1962
  • France / Italy / West Germany
  • 2h
  • PG
  • Directed by: Orson Welles
  • Written by: Orson Welles, Franz Kafka (novel)
  • Cast: Anthony Perkins, Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Akim Tamiroff, Elsa Martinelli

Welles' intelligent attempt to film the once deemed unfilmable Kafka fable. His monochrome expressionism comes close to achieving that atmosphere of cranky paranoia. Perkins' performance as K is too irrational to generate the necessary level of sympathy, but the pinscreen animated prologue is one of the film's point of austere interest.

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