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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 »
Genre:
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:
Beautiful. See more (97 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anthony Perkins ... Josef K.

Arnoldo Foà ... Inspector A
Jess Hahn ... Second Assistant Inspector
Billy Kearns ... First Assistant Inspector (as William Kearns)
Madeleine Robinson ... Mrs. Grubach

Jeanne Moreau ... Marika Burstner
Maurice Teynac ... Deputy Manager
Naydra Shore ... Irmie
Suzanne Flon ... Miss Pittl
Raoul Delfosse ... Policeman
Jean-Claude Rémoleux ... Policeman
Max Buchsbaum ... Examining Magistrate
Carl Studer ... Man in Leather (as Karl Studer)
Max Haufler ... Uncle Max

Romy Schneider ... Leni

Fernand Ledoux ... Chief Clerk of the Law Court

Akim Tamiroff ... Bloch

Elsa Martinelli ... Hilda
Thomas Holtzmann ... Bert the Law Student
Wolfgang Reichmann ... Courtroom Guard
William Chappell ... Titorelli

Michael Lonsdale ... Priest

Orson Welles ... Albert Hastler - The Advocate / Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guy Grosso ... Josef K.'s Colleague (uncredited)
Paola Mori ... Court Archivist (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)
 
Art Direction by
Jean Mandaroux 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Thibault (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Louis Dor .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Robert Florat .... production manager
Paul Laffargue .... assistant: director of production
Emile Blondé .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
Philippe Dubail .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
Jacques Pignier .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Maurette .... 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)
Roberto Perpignani .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Gérard Pollicand .... associate editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Tomaso Albinoni .... composer: additional music
Jean Ledrut .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Alexander Alexeieff .... creator: prologue scenes on "Pin-screen" (as Alexandre Alexeieff)
Yves Laplanche .... promoter
Claire Parker .... creator: prologue scenes on "Pin-screen"
Jacques Pignier .... administrator
Alexander Salkind .... presenter
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:
119 min | USA:107 min (TV version : 1984)
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Optiphone) (source format)
Certification:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Welles told Peter Bogdanovich in "This Is Orson Welles" that "there's not a single symbol" in "The Trial".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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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

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Is "The Trial" based on a book?
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71 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful., 19 January 2004
Author: Chromium_5 from Minnesota

After reading some of the other user comments for this movie, I feel a bit out of my league. Unlike the other reviewers, I do not belong to Mensa, and I am not going to even TRY to show how this movie represents "social regimentation" or whatever.

Instead, I am simply going to say what I like best about it: the atmosphere. This is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. Welles did a superb job of capturing an uneasy, nightmarish feeling. The camera angles and perspectives are perfect.

"The Trial" basically consists of scene after scene of surreal settings. We get to see endless rows of people working on typewriters, the inside of a crate while hundreds of eyes peer through the cracks, a labyrinth of tall bookshelves stacked with old law books, and tons of other dark surrealism that is amazing to look at.

As far as plot goes, Anthony Perkins is trapped in a corrupt judicial system, accused of an unspecified crime. He does a great job of making his character a paranoid wreck, and you can't help but feel paranoid yourself while watching the movie. Sometimes there is a spacious atmosphere, and other times it is extremely claustrophobic. And it is all perfectly done in black and white.

I highly recommend watching this, if only to look at the awesome sets. You will think you are in a nightmare yourself.

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