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The Trial

Le procès

Directed by Orson Welles
France, Italy, 1962
Drama, Mystery, Thriller


Josef K wakes up in the morning and finds the police in his room. They inform him he is on trial, without exposing the reasons behind it. In order to find out more and protest his innocence, the man starts to look behind the facade of the judicial system. His efforts, however, seem to lead nowhere.

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The Trial Directed by Orson Welles
The most intense and telling moment of the film comes when Joseph K finds himself in a small closet where two men (detectives he had lodged a complaint about) are being humiliated and beaten, their frightened faces intermittently illuminated by a swinging overhead lamp. In the closet, this small, hidden space, the threat of violence behind the meaningless absurdity of the bureaucratic monstrosity lives—the engine of fear which drives the system’s motor of conformity and hopelessness.
September 05, 2017
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Kafka’s symbolic novel of bureaucracy, law, and guilt captured something universal about the human condition. Welles literally explodes that to create a parable of the twentieth century, one that both embraces and destroys the Cult of the Individual.
June 12, 2015
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The Trial unfolds like sleeping in reverse; K.‘s straitlacedness and seemingly guilty conscience would seem more logical as a labyrinthine nightmare. In the face of accusation, wherever it stems from, K. remains chained to his ideals; he is a solipsist in a bureaucracy gone mad. It took four major European cities for Welles to complete his version of Kafka’s unfinished novel, a doggedly lunatic odyssey.
January 28, 2015
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