The Trial

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The blackest of Welles' comedies, an apocalyptic version of Kafka that renders the grisly farce of K's labyrinthine entrapment in the mechanisms of guilt and responsibility as the most fragmented of expressionist films noirs. Perkins' twitchy 'defendant' shifts haplessly through the discrete dark spaces of Welles' ad hoc locations (Zagreb and Paris, including the deserted Gare d'Orsay), taking no comfort from Welles' fable-spinning Advocate, before contriving the most damning of all responses to the chaos around him. The remarkable prologue was commissioned from pioneer pinscreen animators Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker.

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Duration: 120 mins

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Director: Orson Welles
Screenwriter: Orson Welles
Cast: Anthony Perkins
Orson Welles
Jeanne Moreau
Elsa Martinelli
Romy Schneider
Akim Tamiroff
Suzanne Flon
Madeleine Robinson
Arnoldo FoĆ 
Fernand Ledoux
Michel Lonsdale

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