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The Trial (1962)

Le procès (original title)
An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.

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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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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 part of Uncle Max was dubbed by Peter Sallis. 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

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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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Crazy Credits

The end cast credits are read over by Orson Welles without titles See more »

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Adagio d'Albinoni, À L'Orgue Baroque
Music by Tomaso Albinoni (T.Albinoni)
Arranged for organ by Jean Ledrut
Interprété par Tommy Desserre
Publisher: S.l. : Philips, 1962.
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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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