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The Trial

  • Film

Time Out says

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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Release Details

  • Duration:120 mins

Cast and crew

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