The Trial [Blu-ray] [Criterion Collection]

The Trial [Blu-ray] [Criterion Collection]

Director: Orson Welles, María Ramos, Maria Augusta Ramos
Cast: Anthony Perkins
Anthony Perkins
, Arnoldo Foà
Arnoldo Foà
Orson Welles
The Trial [Blu-ray] [Criterion Collection]

The Trial [Blu-ray] [Criterion Collection]

Director: Orson Welles, María Ramos, Maria Augusta Ramos
Cast: Anthony Perkins
Anthony Perkins
, Arnoldo Foà
Arnoldo Foà
Orson Welles

Blu-ray (Wide Screen / Subtitled)

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Overview

"Much of Orson Welles' latter-day reputation as an ""unfathomable"" genius rests upon his seeming unwillingness to tell a story in clear, precise fashion. Sometimes, as in such films as Touch of Evil, Welles' spotty storytelling skills can be forgiven in the light of the excellent visuals. In other cases, as in his 1962 adaptation of Kafka's The Trial, Welles'style comes across as empty virtuosity, precious and petulant when it should be profound. Anthony Perkins plays Joseph K, a man condemned for an unnamed crime in an unnamed country. Seeking justice, Joseph K is sucked into a labyrinth of bureaucracy (Welles once described the character as being a ""little bureaucrat"" himself, who deserves to be punished. This is never clearly expressed in the finished film). Along the way, he becomes involved with three women -- Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Elsa Martinelli -- who in their own individual ways are functions of the System that persecutes him. While Welles considered The Trial one of his finest films, this enthusiasm is not universally shared; even his most fervent admirers have been known to emerge from a screening of the film with quizzical, disappointed expressions on their faces. On the plus side, Welles and his cinematographer Edmond Richard perform miracles in transforming an abandoned French railway station into the headquarters of a totalitarian, red tape-ridden society. It's also fun to hear Welles' voice emanating from several of the supporting characters (his post-dubbing budget was nil). All in all, however, The Trial never truly works; it is unfair, however, to lay the blame for this entirely on Welles, inasmuch as the 1948 and 1994 attempts to cinematize the original Kafka novel likewise came a cropper."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/2023
UPC: 0715515287012
Original Release: 1963
Source: Criterion Collection
Language: English
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 7,939

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Perkins Josef K.
Arnoldo Foà Inspector A
Billy Kearns First Assistant Inspector(as William Kearns),1st Assistant Inspector
Madeleine Robinson Mrs. Grubach
Jeanne Moreau Marika Burstner
Maurice Teynac Deputy Manager
Naydra Shore Irmie,Irmie
Suzanne Flon Miss Pittl
Max Buchsbaum Examining Magistrate
Carl Studer Man in Leather(as Karl Studer)
Max Haufler Uncle Max
Wolfgang Reichmann Courtroom Guard
Romy Schneider Leni
Thomas Holtzmann Bert, the Law Student
Fernand Ledoux Chief Clerk of the Law Court
Akim Tamiroff Bloch
Elsa Martinelli Hilda
Michel Lonsdale Priest
Jean-Claude Remoleux 1st Policeman
Raoul Delfosse 2nd Policeman
Jean Ledrut Composer
José Eduardo Cardozo Actor
Eduardo Cunha Actor
Vera Miles Actor
Jair Bolsonaro Actor
Katina Paxinou Actor

Technical Credits
Orson Welles Director
Enrico Bomba Producer
Alexander Salkind Producer,Producer,Producer
María Ramos Director,Director
Franz Kafka Screenwriter
Jacques Lebreton Sound Effects
Julien Coutelier Sound Effects
Antoine Tudal Screenwriter
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