The Trial (TEFC)

France, Germany (West) and Italy, 1963

Film
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Welles neglected masterpiece is a stunning adaptation of Franz Kafka’s existential novel about a man who is caught in an increasingly bizarre and sinister bureaucratic world. One morning K (Anthony Perkins) is awoken by the police who have come to arrest him on a charge that no-one will explain. As the innocent K becomes more and more entangled in the nightmare of bureaucracy he slowly assumes the guilty role that he has been accused off. Filmed in black and white and in a style that recalls the experiments of expressionism, “The Trial” is both a rare successful film version of a uniquely literary work as well as an important and underrated film in Welles’ oeuvre. Cast includes Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Elsa Martinelli, Orson Welles, Akim Tamiroff.

Credits

producer

Alexander Salkind

producer/director

Orson Welles

production company

Fl. C. It.

Hisa-Film

Paris-Europa Productions

Language

English

Duration

01:57:50:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

33760

Subject categories

Adaptations

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Existentialism

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - France

Feature films → Feature films - Germany

Feature films → Feature films - Italy

Literature → Czech literature - Film and video adaptations

Literature → Kafka, Franz

People → Kafka, Franz

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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