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The Trial (1993)

Joseph K. (Kyle MacLachlan) awakens one morning to find two strange men in his room, telling him he has been arrested. Joseph is not told with what he is charged, and despite being "... See full summary »

Director:

David Hugh Jones (as David Jones)

Writers:

Franz Kafka (novel), Harold Pinter (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle MacLachlan ... Josef K.
Anthony Hopkins ... The Priest
Jason Robards ... Doctor Huld
Juliet Stevenson ... Fräulein Burstner
Polly Walker ... Leni
Alfred Molina ... Titorelli
David Thewlis ... Franz
Michael Kitchen ... Block
Tony Haygarth ... Willem
Douglas Hodge ... Inspector
Jirí Schwarz Jirí Schwarz ... Babensteiner
David Schneider ... Kullich
Ondrej Vetchý ... Kaminer
Valérie Kaplanová ... Old Woman
Jirí Ded Jirí Ded ... Old Man
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Joseph K. (Kyle MacLachlan) awakens one morning to find two strange men in his room, telling him he has been arrested. Joseph is not told with what he is charged, and despite being "arrested" is allowed to remain free and go to work. But, despite the strange nature of his arrest, Joseph soon learns that his trial, however odd, is very real, and he tries desperately to spare himself from the court's judgement. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sex-related material | See all certifications »
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Karel Reisz was asked to direct. See more »

Quotes

Franz: You'll never see your underwear again.
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Version of Waking (1999) See more »

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Splendid film, acceptable adaptation
9 May 2007 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

Beautiful film, subtle exploration of Kafka's masterpiece nuances, slices of novel's atmosphere but only an ordinary adaptation.

In fact, a film about one of Franz Kafka's texts are an Utopian gesture. The sense of pages, the shadows of characters, the angst, fear or illusions, the magnificent style of one of best writers are crushed by vision of any director or art of actor. And the images are pieces of cold beauty without soul or honesty.

For "The Trial" adaptation is always present a trap: the image of Joseph K. as avatar of Kafka. Franz Kafka is only a Kakania's citizen, civil servant in a large empire, with small ambitions and desires, toy of his doubts and hesitations, dreads and lures.

Kyle MacLachlan is a correct interpret of character but, the fundamental error is the ambition to be a perfect Joseph K.. So, his acting is barren and empty.

Alfred Molina as Titorelli is charming but the interpretation of character is exercise of one type incarnation, the same in many nuances. Same situation for great Jason Robards.

The important virtue of film is the presence of Anthony Hopkins and the colors, shadows, illusions and accents gives to parable. It is not example of brilliant art but the science of words sense description. The words- medusa, words- ash, words- sand, words- velvet. In this small text is the crux of novel and film.

A splendid film, a acceptable adaptation.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1994 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,854, 28 November 1993

Gross USA:

$119,267

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,267
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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