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The Trial (1962)

Le procès (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 7 September 1963 (Italy)
An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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, Une nuit sur le mont chauve (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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The end cast credits are read over by Orson Welles without titles See more »

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Adagio Slow
Interprété par Martial Solal, Darryl Hall, Aldo Romano
Arranged By'Jean Ledrut'
Avec l'aimable autorisation de Disques Pathé-Marconi
Publisher: S.l. : Philips, 1962.
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European Surrealism
4 March 1999 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

THE TRIAL is Orson Welles's version of a typical European film with all the surrealistic trappings one might expect from a work by a Fellini. The feel is very true to Kafka's works. The sets are stunning.

Anthony Perkins is perfectly cast. Welles does his usual quality acting. But it is Romy Schneider's face that lights up the screen whenever she is on. A sad reminder that she left us way too early.


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