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

production company

Paris-Europa Productions

Hisa-Film

Fl. C. It.

producer/director

Orson Welles

producer

Alexander Salkind

Duration

01:57:50:00

Production dates
1963

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

016405

Language

English

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

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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