The Trial

The Trial

DVD - 2000
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A man awakens one morning to find himself arrested for undisclosed charges. To uncover the reasons behind his charges and to protest his innocence, he tries to look behind the facade of the judicial systems, all to no avail.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : LaserLight, [2000]
Edition: Special ed
Branch Call Number: MOVIE TRI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 31, 2017

Welles' "grandiose vision" keeps getting eclipsed by his grandiose ego in this sloppily edited piece of exaggerated theatrics and drama club overacting. Despite some nice visuals (Paris' now defunct Gare d'Orsay filled with desk drones was a clever shot) and Perkins' valiant effort at playing a bewildered everyman, the film is just too weighed down by its own sense of magnitude. If you like your fascist dystopias a bit more coherent you may want to stick to Radford's "1984", Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" or Truffaut's "Fahrenheit 451". Or, for the more adventurous, there's always Pasolini's "Salò". No star rating because I began fast-forwarding around the 45 minute mark.

theorbys Oct 23, 2014

Compared to Citizen Kane or Othello, perhaps this is not Welles' best, although he thought it was, but it is a great film. I suspect Anthony Perkins performance is a little off putting at first, but it is a valid interpretation of the character of Joseph K. Welles uses all his filmmaking art to create a cinematic Kafkaesque and he succeeds brilliantly.

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