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Orson Welles' The Trial
Orson Welles' The Trial
Actor: Jess Hawn
Director: Orson Welles
Genres: Classics
UR     1hr 58min

"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 being accused of. In order to protect his innocence, he tries to look behind the facade ...  more »


Movie Details

Actor: Jess Hawn
Director: Orson Welles
Creators: Anthony Perkins, Alexander Salkino
Genres: Classics
Sub-Genres: Classics
Studio: Miracle Pictures
Format: DVD - Black and White
Run Time: 1hr 58min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Samuel K. (Solvanda)
Reviewed on 11/25/2018...
Kafka is really, really intensive reading. Having read this recently, I realized that this is the sort of thing that stands up to repeated readings. The embodiment of meticulous precision.

Repetition is the mother of certainly gets that (overload!) here. Much of what Kafka is reacting/proacting to in all of his works is the misery imposed by the significant amount of increase in the 20th century of basic de-humanizing, de-moralising, brain-draining red-tape...the 'mechanizing' of the mind, from the federal level, down to the state level, down to the county level, down to the town/city level...down to the place of employment level...MASSES and MASSES of IT! We take it for granted everyday now...but it was foreign to mankind for millenia. Lord knows my own head feels dead at the end of every weekday because of it...

I consider this version of the book fair. Perkins does an alright job. I think the best version is the one with Kyle MacLachlan and Anthony Hopkins.

Movie Reviews

Another brilliant Wellesian vision. Harrowing, tedious and f
Aco | 09/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"What The Trial lacks in comprehension (purposely at that) it makes up for in cinematography, set design, art direction and music. Essentially a nightmare tale, Joseph K. slowly comes to madness as his accusation for some unknown crime leads him into the abyss of a legal system, full of strange, abusive, mysterious, confusing people.
As a film I couldn't sit through it at once, I had to get up and return a couple times because the convoluted situation makes it hard to follow. This aspect is surely purposeful, Welles is a master of storytelling and images, and the production itself proves amazing.
I would highly recommend this for it's adaptation of Kafka's posthumous story, beautiful and horrible direction, cinematography, set and art direction and music."
Delivers The Goods
Daniel Du Prie | Melbourne, Australia | 10/18/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"It was only after I purchased this that I realized a copyright claim was never made on this film and it has always been in the public domain, meaning there are innumerable "bootlegs" floating around of inferior quality of which this is one, whereas in 2000 Milestone Film & Video released a restored version based on the original negative. While this DVD delivers the goods, the quality is pretty bad, there's not even a proper menu to the film, the sound and picture quality are very average and there are no extra features whatsoever. Considering this is just an inferior dub for which the DVD maker would have had to pay $0 in licensing fees, the list price of $15.99 is hefty indeed. I'd seek out the restored original and stay away from bootlegged copies like this"