Le Procès (The Trial)1962
Le Procès (The Trial) (1962)
Critic Consensus: Orson Welles may take big liberties in his adaptation of The Trial, but the auteur constructs an absurd nightmare that is unmistakably Kafkaesque -- grounded by an excellent Anthony Perkins as the befuddled Josef K.
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as Hastler, advocate, Hastler advocate
as Josef K.
as Miss Burstner
as Inspector A
as 1st Assistant Inspector
as 2nd Assistant Inspector
as Miss Pittl
as Mrs. Grubach
as Courtroom Guard
as Bert, the Law Student
as Uncle Max
as Chief Clerk
as Deputy Manager
as Examining Magistrate
as 1st Policeman
as 2nd Policeman
as Man in Leather
Critic Reviews for Le Procès (The Trial)
Perkins gives one of the best performances of his career in The Trial, aided by an outstanding array of stellar players.
Who better to reveal the system's evil genius than Welles, the golden boy turned Hollywood martyr?
Though debatable as an adaptation of the Franz Kafka novel, Orson Welles's nightmarish, labyrinthine comedy of 1962 remains his creepiest and most disturbing work; it's also a lot more influential than people usually admit.
Audience Reviews for Le Procès (The Trial)
This fascinating existential nightmare is less Kafkaesque and more Wellesian, expanding physical spaces to amplify the character's feeling of smallness and impotence before a crushing judicial system and not focusing so much on the cynical gibe found in Kafka's novel.
Hastler: To be in chains is sometimes safer than to be free. I believed after reading Franz Kafka's The Trial, that filming a story such as this would be next to impossible, and after watching Orson Welles attempt, I see that this belief was justified. Welles may have done as good a job as possible at trying to bring an unfinished and surreal story such as The Trial to screen. However, it doesn't mean that the film is a success. Joseph K. works at a bank and is disturbed to find out that he is under arrest when two guards arrive at his room in the early morning. He isn't taken anywhere though, because they don't want to interfere with his personal, job life. They'll work the investigation around his schedule. When he asks what he is under arrest for, no one tells him. He's as confused by all this as the reader of the story, or in this case, the audience of the film is. I really enjoyed the book, but it's one of those stories that is pretty much impossible to grasp, especially being unfinished. Welles changes aspects of the book and leaves out some important elements of the book altogether. It just goes to show how challenging an exercise it would be to make a film adaption of The Trial, especially when someone like Orson Welles can't really do it justice.
Orson Welles' adaptation of Franz Kafka's absurdist story wherein Joseph K wakes up one day and finds he's being arrested, but no one will tell him what the charge is. Deeply layered, THE TRIAL is simultaneously an absurdist parody of legal bureaucracy, a prophetic warning of rising totalitarianism, and an existential allegory about a word whose Creator has condemned everyone to death. Welles proves the right man for the job, turning Kafka's labyrinths into a maze of shadows and light.
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