The Trial

  • Dir: Orson Welles

  • France / Italy / West Germany, 1962, English, 119min, DCP

  • Cast: Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Orson Welles, Romy Schneider

Also questioning the system and the establishment, the case and the accused take different forms here: Welles’s penchant for baroque visuals – along with his affinity for the paranoid, claustrophobic world of film noir – make his bravura adaptation of Kafka’s novel a vividly nightmarish experience. Shot with characteristic ingenuity, the film makes splendid use of existing architecture in and around Paris, most notably the vast Gare d’Orsay, while Welles co-stars and dubbed with his own voice a dozen of the film’s minor characters. Anthony Perkins plays Josef K., supported by seductive European actresses Jeanne Moreau and Romy Schneider, in what Welles considered his finest work.

French Syndicate of Cinema Critics: Best Film

1.5 (WED): Film talk with Derek Lam



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