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(1962)

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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).
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Orson Welles called this his best film.
It has been reported that Orson Welles dubbed 11 voices in the movie.
Orson Welles reportedly dubbed a few lines of Anthony Perkins dialog. Perkins later said he could never figure out which lines they were.
The scene of K's office was filmed in the Paris train station, Gare d'Orsay, shortly after it was closed and before it became an art museum.
This film as well as Sundays and Cybele (1962), both released in late 1962, are the first to feature the now famous "Adagio in G minor" by Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751) which was first published in 1957.
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Orson Welles' told Peter Bogdanovich in "This Is Orson Welles" that "there's not a single symbol" in "The Trial".
Audio sample of K being interrogated by the police at the beginning of the film was used by the band Burning Airlines on a track called "My Pornograph".
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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.
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Katina Paxinou was cast in a small role in the film, as a computer analyst. Her part took up only one scene and was cut out, but Orson Welles claimed that he had left her name in the advertising for the film so that her admirers might be persuaded to visit the film a second time to see if they had somehow missed her the first time round. (Her scene is included in the published version of his script).
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The part of Uncle Max was dubbed by Peter Sallis.
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Anthony Perkins and Orson Welles would later appear in Catch-22 (1970).
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the novel, K is killed with the knife, putting up little fight, but Orson Welles felt that was inappropriate with the Holocaust in recent memory - particularly given the frequent interpretation that K is a Jew, so he changed it for the film.

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