An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.
An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.
Anthony Perkins Jeanne Moreau Romy Schneider Orson Welles Akim Tamiroff Elsa Martinelli Suzanne Flon Madeleine Robinson Max Haufler Max Buchsbaum Arnoldo Foà Jess Hahn Billy Kearns Maurice Teynac Naydra Shore Raoul Delfosse Jean-Claude Rémoleux Carl Studer Fernand Ledoux Thomas Holtzmann Wolfgang Reichmann William Chappell Michael Lonsdale
O Processo, El proceso, Oikeusjuttu, Процесът, 카프카의 심판, Het Proces
Where to start? Leave it to me, when choosing a film from the great director, to choose one that probably least best represents him. Well, I sure wasn’t going to write any more additional, undeserved praise about that over-rated movie about a sled, so this is what you get!. Just kidding. Seriously though, The Trial is an adaptation of a Franz Kafka story so the challenging and somewhat inaccessible nature of his work will always take the driver’s seat in a project like this. Similarly, another favorite director of mine, Michael Haneke, made his attempt at adapting the Kafka book The Castle. Though both directors have distinct and recognizable styles, both of these films would be lost among their distinguished…
Absurd. Surreal. Oppressive. All fine words to describe Orson Welles' The Trial, but I think the term that best describes how I felt while watching is 'hysterical': not in the sense that The Trial is a comedy - to describe it as a black comedy stretches the very definition to the breaking point - but that I found myself laughing to ward off the physical and mental unease it forced upon me (especially during the absolutely insane last 20 minutes). That a film can cause laughter as a defense mechanism is a testament to Welles, Kafka, and Perkins.
The dialogue flies by so fast that you become inured to the fact that the words spoken are so bizarre, the sentences…
Orson Welles brings to the screen a terrific adaptation of The Trial, a nightmarish posthumously published Franz Kafka novel. The film features an eccentric cast that includes Anthony Perkins as the unfortunate Joseph K, a passive office worker arrested and standing trial on the strength of being accused of a never-explained crime. The story follows him as he tries to wend his way through the legal system, but finds himself distracted, diverted and continually kept in the dark about his case.
It's only the second film, along with Citizen Kane, that Welles could master from its conception to the final editing. Throughout, he demonstrates excellent fidelity to the original material's essence by distilling sexuality and irony in his film, two…
Damn Anthony Perkins, why are you always playing such fucked up roles...?! The only thing that I want is to finally be allowed to find Norman Bates hot
who cloned andrew garfield and why is his name now anthony perkins?
I didn't read the unfinished Kafka novel Der Prozess but I read some of Kafka's other (short) stories, the best known would be Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis) so I knew (and liked) the kind of atmosphere he transports via his writing style. Luckily, I didn't know anything about The Trial other than it being a film directed by Orson Welles and starring Anthony Perkins. It was recommended to me several times here on Letterboxd (shout-out to Michael's Cinema Paradiso especially) and oh my, this a great film.
Welles perfectly captures Kafka's depressively confusing atmosphere by a fantastic cinematography, a phenomenal script and (probably his…
Perhaps one of the least known of Orson Welles' near immaculate filmography is The Trial, a Franz Kafka adaptation that only could have come from an imagination as bizarre and inventive as Welles'. Starring a post-Psycho yet still fractured Anthony Perkins, it's a tricky maze of bureaucracy that satirizes a melancholy examination of the absolutely laborious process (hence the original title Le Procès). This is entirely a Welles picture, however- his trademark angled camera shots are omnipresent, furthering the delusional funhouse mirror style proceedings that ensue for the strangely named Josef K.
The Trial's style is something out of a fever dream- or more aptly perhaps, nightmare- that whisks our befuddled protagonist through his legal proceedings for a crime that…
Orson Welles adapts Franz Kafka's novel as a nightmarish Expressionist visual tour-de-force. While the dialogue is (deliberately) maddeningly near-impenetrable, the images are some of the most vivid ever committed to the screen, especially during the intense final third.
Anthony Perkins is perfectly cast as the hapless Josef K., who makes valiant attempts at fighting against the absurdities of a system that is metaphorically chewing him up. Much of it was shot in Zagreb, Croatia during a time when it was part of the communist state of Yugoslavia - a chillingly apt location for such a story to play out.
Orson Welles really was the greatest filmmaker, huh?
The Trial is a gripping film of how bureaucratic systems can crush the individual. It is the story of one man within the societal machine. His trial takes place outside work hours, to ensure he can slave away at work and be crushed by the system in his free time also. This is a surreal and cryptic film, with conversations that all go nowhere and fruitless attempts by our protagonist to escape his fate. The odd cinematography and large sets create something perfectly confusing. However, even beyond Kafka's nonsensical narrative, this film is a indecipherable mess. As our lead is illogically led down a path towards death, the film makes little effort to present this confusion clearly. What is deliberately…
To be in chains is sometimes safer than to be free.
I knew nothing about this film going in. I basically thought it was a straight forward film about a man wrongfully accused of a crime, so I was thinking maybe I'd be lucky and it would turn out Hitchcockian. Turned out much more Kafkaesque for what are obvious reasons now.
You have Orson Welles adapting Franz Kafka's 1925 novel and it turns out exactly as brilliant as you would expect. First you have Anthony Perkins in the lead, and he's fantastic, but having him portray Josef K., a man arrested but never told why he faces a trial adds so many layers to the story that I imagine…
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Wie lässt Orson Welles am Beginn des Films so wunderbar zitieren:
Ausgehend von einer relativ einfachen Idee,
stürzt uns Kafka in eine inkohärente,
absurde und surreale Welt.
Hier die Idee.
Die Bürokraten, die Verwaltung,
die Macht erdrücken das Individuum.
Der einzelne Mensch wird zu einem
erstickenden Opfer der Gesellschaft,
wenn sie ihn durch Zufall - oder Unglück -
in das Getriebe ihres Systems zieht.
Auszug aus einem Artikel
von Louis Chauvet (Le Figaro)
Orson Welles me parece estar olhando e falando de si mesmo, um "réu" cujo "crime" foi de não ter feito concessão.
No fim, os censores querem que ele se corte, porém é mais válido destruir qualquer porta do que dizer amém.
É incrível como Welles consegue fazer de uma encenação teatral ser incrivelmente cinematográfica. Impossível não entrar nesta espiral de Josef K.
Not Welles’ best work. It’s narrative never really builds, but in terms of its visual invention - especially considering the resources - is genuinely astounding.
Gelungene Umsetzung des Romans, die gut den Albtraumhaften Charakter der Vorlage einfängt, jedoch ohne dabei den gleichen Sog zu entwickeln. Inhaltlich hält sich der Film, bis auf ein paar kleine Ausnahmen recht nah an der Vorlage, was sowohl Fluch als auch Segen ist. Zum einen ist so natürlich eine gewisse Mindestqualität garantiert, allerdings hat die Adaption so auch wenig Neues zu bieten und so lässt sich die Frage stellen ob man diesen Film wirklich gebraucht hätte, vorallem weil er der Vorlage in puncto Absurditäten und der damit verbundenen Stimmung gar nicht Gerecht werden kann.
Hinter allem scheint der Gedanke zu stehen Kafkas Werk einem breiteren Publikum zugänglich zu machen. Dafür spricht auch die vorangestellte Interpretation, die einem mehr oder weniger den Film erklärt bevor dieser überhaupt angefangen hat. Das mag vllt für eine größere Zielgruppe sorgen, ist mir persönlich aber zu platt.
Insgesamt also nett, aber auch nichts weltbewegendes.
Dude what the actual fuck did I just watch.
Only enlightened Welles - Kafka fans get this one I guess, good on y'all.
경비원의 허락으로 그 남자는 문 옆에 앉았고
그는 거기서 기다렸다
몇 년 동안이나
If any movie deserved a better transfer this is it. Its a testament to how well its filmed and the set design that despite the terrible transfer the scale and cinematography still shine.
Its a bit of a chameleon of a film. At first it appears decades older than it is. But the dialogue and camera movements quickly reveal lots of creativity and modernity not seen back then. The setting and story also could easily be interpreted as taking place in a dystopian future.
We follow K, a corporate middle manager who has been told he is accused of a crime and must stand trial. We then follow him through the deliberately confusing, frustrating and obfuscated path he takes to…
Orson Welles filled the entire Orsay with typists typing on typewriters for Anthony Perkins, and you can’t even stan.
During the whole film I couldn't stop thinking about this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=D04wb7P_v-4
I quite like Kafka's work. I'm not an authority on it by any means, I have read only 4 of his short stories (and they all mix together in my head) but I always felt an itch to read more. This film has definitely scratched that itch. Superb ambient and majestic sets accompany this surreal and metaphorical story.
It could have been a bit shorter though.
a pitch black comedic nightmare with some truly stunning black and white cinematography that still feels truly novel at times nearly 60 years later. welles and kafka unsurprisingly turn out to be two great misanthropic tastes that taste great together
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