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The Trial (1962)

Le procès (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 7 September 1963 (Italy)
An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Inspector A
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Second Assistant Inspector
Billy Kearns ...
First Assistant Inspector (as William Kearns)
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Mrs. Grubach
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Maurice Teynac ...
Deputy Manager
Naydra Shore ...
Irmie
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Miss Pittl
Raoul Delfosse ...
Policeman
Jean-Claude Rémoleux ...
Policeman
Max Buchsbaum ...
Carl Studer ...
Man in Leather (as Karl Studer)
Max Haufler ...
Uncle Max
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Storyline

Josef K wakes up in the morning and finds the police in his room. They tell him that he is on trial but nobody tells him what he is accused of. In order to find out about the reason of this accusation and to protest his innocence, he tries to look behind the facade of the judicial system. But since this remains fruitless, there seems to be no chance for him to escape from this Kafkaesque nightmare. Written by Joern Richts <richts@informatik.rwth-aachen.de>

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Trivia

"The Trial" is based on the Franz Kafka novel of the same name. Welles also includes a shorter Kafka parable, "Before the Law," in the pinscreen opening to the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Josef K. follows Hilda being carried out of the large trial room/hall by the law student, he hastily grabs and throws on his suit jacket. In the succeeding scenes, the jacket's buttons which are buttoned changes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Before the law, there stands a guard. A man comes from the country, begging admittance to the law. But the guard cannot admit him. May he hope to enter at a later time? That is possible, said the guard. The man tries to peer through the entrance. He'd been taught that the law was to be accessible to every man. "Do not attempt to enter without my permission", says the guard. I am very powerful. Yet I am the least of all the guards. From hall to hall, door after door, each guard is ...
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Soundtracks

Adagio in G
(uncredited)
Music by Tomaso Albinoni (T.Albinoni)
Arranged by Jean Ledrut
Publisher: S.l. : Philips, 1962.
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THIS IS THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE
21 October 2003 | by (Olympia, Washington) – See all my reviews

Anthony Perkins realizes the paranoia of Joseph K, charged with an unnamed crime by uncooperative detectives and pursued by victims, executioners, and young girls through a nightmarish European city which is darker than the blackest things in horror of film noir. The terrifying,thought provoking, dreamily real picture could only have been brought to us by Orson Welles. He comes to us not only as a director, but again as an actor. Welles plays a bedridden lawyer in a cavernous house and enters in the cloud of smoke from a cigar. Romy Shneider shines as his nursemaid who seduces the lawyers clients like K and Block(Akim Tamiroff). Welles updated Kafka's THE TRIAL to the age after the holocaust and the atomic bomb. This is aided by the locations Welles was forced to shoot in after funding was cut. Edmund Richard masterfully moves his camera through the ruined interiors of a decaying industrial Europe. K's dillema is hightened by the cavernous abandoned railroad station. The picture is genius from the pinscreen opening to the spellbinding climax. Fans of THE THIRD MAN should appreciate the final scenes. Welles's best and therefore the best there is.


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