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The Trial (1962)
"Le procès" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Fantasy  -  30 March 1963 (Italy)
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An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hilda
Suzanne Flon ...
Miss Pittl
Madeleine Robinson ...
Mrs. Grubach
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Max Buchsbaum ...
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Inspector A
Jess Hahn ...
Second Assistant Inspector
Max Haufler ...
Uncle Max
Thomas Holtzmann ...
Bert the Law Student
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Chief Clerk of the Law Court
Katina Paxinou
Wolfgang Reichmann ...
Courtroom Guard
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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 "pin-screen," also called the "pin-board," used in the opening and closing sequences was invented by Alexander Alexeieff in the early 1930's. It is a board with pins stuck in it at regular intervals. The pins can be raised or lowered to form an image, which can then be lit and photographed. By manipulating the pins and photographing them one frame at a time, the device can be used for animation, and though it was not so used in "The Trial" Alexeieff and Claire Parker made at least two short animated films using the pin-screen, _nuit sur le mont chauve, Une (1933)_ and Le nez (1963). 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
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Music by Tomaso Albinoni
Arranged by Jean Ledrut
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The Most Visually Astounding and Utterly Disturbing Film
29 April 2001 | by (WASHINGTON) – See all my reviews

Never has any film reached down off its silver screen and shaken me as violently as did The Trial. I came out of my local art house quivering. Even now, as I write, I detect a hint of paranoia. I would go as far as to say Orson Welles' The Trial is the most frightening film I've ever beheld. Watching it for the first time it's safe to say I hated it. There were scenes that held me so close to the edge of madness, it was all I could do not to fly screaming out of the theater. Only afterwards, on the way home, did I realize that its ability to do so was what made the film so remarkable. Definitely a must see, but be forwarned.


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