The Trial ()

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


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Josef K.
Inspector A
Second Assistant Inspector
Billy Kearns ...
First Assistant Inspector (as William Kearns)
Mrs. Grubach
Marika Burstner
Maurice Teynac ...
Deputy Manager
Naydra Shore ...
Miss Pittl
Raoul Delfosse ...
Jean-Claude Rémoleux ...
Max Buchsbaum ...
Examining Magistrate
Carl Studer ...
Man in Leather (as Karl Studer)
Max Haufler ...
Uncle Max
Chief Clerk of the Law Court
Bert the Law Student
Courtroom Guard
William Chappell ...
Albert Hastler - The Advocate / Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josef K.'s Colleague (uncredited)
Court Archivist (uncredited)

Directed by

Orson Welles

Written by

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)

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)

Editorial Department

Chantal Delattre ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Roberto Perpignani ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Gérard Pollicand ... associate editor (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 engineer
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 ... first assistant camera
Robert Fraisse ... second assistant camera (uncredited)

Location Management

Guy Maugin ... location manager (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 Bunodière ... 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)
André Nicard ... publicist (uncredited)
Gisèle Pellet-Collet ... production secretary (uncredited)
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  • Lax (optical effects: Prologue)

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Plot Summary

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

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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Il processo (Italy)
  • Der Prozess (West Germany)
  • The Trial (World-wide, English title)
  • The Trial (United States)
  • Der Prozeß (Germany)
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  • 119 min
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Trivia When the film came out, Orson Welles called this his best movie. Later, he picked Chimes at Midnight (1965). 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The 43rd Annual Academy Awards (1971). See more »
Soundtracks Adagio D'Albinoni See more »
Crazy Credits The end cast credits are read over by Orson Welles without titles 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 more powerful than the last. By the guard's permission, the man sits by the side of the door, and there he waits. For years, he waits. Everything he has, he gives away in the hope of bribing the guard, who never fails to say to him "I take what you give me only so that you will not feel that you left something undone." Keeping his watch during the long years, the man has come to know even the fleas on the guard's fur collar. Growing childish in old age, he begs the fleas to persuade the guard to change his mind and allow him to enter. His sight has dimmed, but in the darkness he perceives a radiance streaming immortally from the door of the law. And now, before he dies, all he's experienced condenses into one question, a question he's never asked. He beckons the guard. Says the guard, "You are insatiable! What is it now?" Says the man, "Every man strives to attain the law. How is it then that in all these years, no one else has ever come here, seeking admittance?" His hearing has failed, so the guard yells into his ear. "Nobody else but you could ever have obtained admittance. No one else could enter this door! This door was intended only for you! And now, I'm going to close it." This tale is told during the story called "The Trial". It's been said that the logic of this story is the logic of a dream... a nightmare.
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