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Director:
Writers:
Pierre Cholot (adaptation)
Franz Kafka (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
30 March 1963 (Italy) See more »
Plot:
An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The Most Visually Astounding and Utterly Disturbing Film See more (96 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anthony Perkins ... Josef K.

Jeanne Moreau ... Marika Burstner

Elsa Martinelli ... Hilda
Suzanne Flon ... Miss Pittl
Madeleine Robinson ... Mrs. Grubach

Romy Schneider ... Leni
Max Buchsbaum ... Examining Magistrate

Arnoldo Foà ... Inspector A
Jess Hahn ... Second Assistant Inspector
Max Haufler ... Uncle Max
Thomas Holtzmann ... Bert the Law Student

Fernand Ledoux ... Chief Clerk of the Law Court
Katina Paxinou
Paola Mori ... Court archivist
Wolfgang Reichmann ... Courtroom Guard

Akim Tamiroff ... Bloch
Maurice Teynac ... Deputy Manager
Raoul Delfosse ... Policeman

Michael Lonsdale ... Priest
Naydra Shore ... Irmie
Carl Studer ... Man in Leather (as Karl Studer)

Orson Welles ... L'avocat
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Chappell ... Titorelli (uncredited)
Guy Grosso ... K's colleague (uncredited)
Billy Kearns ... First Assistant Inspector (uncredited)
Jean-Claude Rémoleux ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Orson Welles 
 
Writing credits
Pierre Cholot (adaptation and dialogue)

Franz Kafka (based on the novel by)

Orson Welles (written by)

Produced by
Robert Florat .... associate producer
Alexander Salkind .... producer (as Alexandre Salkind)
Michael Salkind .... producer (as Michel Salkind)
 
Original Music by
Jean Ledrut 
 
Cinematography by
Edmond Richard (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Yvonne Martin 
Frederick Muller  (as Fritz H. Muller)
Orson Welles (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Jean Mandaroux 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Thibault (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Louis Dor .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Robert Florat .... production manager
Paul Laffargue .... assistant production manager
Jacques Pignier .... unit manager
Emile Blondé .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
Philippe Dubail .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Maurette .... first assistant director
Sophie Becker .... assistant director (uncredited)
Paul Seban .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jean Bourlier .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Jacques Brizzio .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Madame Brunet .... dresser (uncredited)
Jean Charpentier .... upholsterer (uncredited)
Francine Coureau .... upholsterer (uncredited)
Jacques D'Ovidio .... assistant art director (uncredited)
André Labussière .... set dresser (uncredited)
Claudie Thary .... dresser (uncredited)
Pierre Tyberghein .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jacques Lebreton .... sound mixer
Guy Villette .... sound
Julien Coutelier .... sound (uncredited)
Urbain Loiseau .... assistant sound (uncredited)
Guy Maillet .... assistant sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Denise Baby .... special effects editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Adolphe Charlet .... camera operator
Roger Corbeau .... still photographer
Max Dulac .... assistant camera
Robert Fraisse .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Andrea Gargano .... final colorist (uncredited)
Gérard Pollicand .... associate editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jean Ledrut .... music arranger
 
Other crew
Alexander Alexeieff .... creator: Les images du prologue ont été créées par - sur "L'Écran d'épingles" (as Alexandre Alexeieff)
Yves Laplanche .... promoter
Claire Parker .... creator: Les images du prologue ont été créées par - sur "L'Écran d'épingles"
Jacques Pignier .... administrator
Jacques Brua .... accountant (uncredited)
Sonia Bunodiere .... production secretary (uncredited)
Pierre Bénichou .... press attache (uncredited)
Paul Bürks .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Henry Dutrannoy .... production administrator (uncredited)
Marie-José Kling .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Florence Malraux .... press attache (uncredited)
Guy Maugin .... location manager (uncredited)
André Nicard .... publicist (uncredited)
Gisèle Pellet-Collet .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le procès" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
118 min | USA:107 min (TV version : 1984)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Optiphone) (source format)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Orson Welles originally wanted Jackie Gleason to play the advocate. Welles was going to play the priest, which would have made the fable in the beginning be further justified.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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...
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FAQ

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Is "The Trial" based on a book?
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54 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
The Most Visually Astounding and Utterly Disturbing Film, 29 April 2001
Author: findkeep from WASHINGTON

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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