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Anthony Perkins , Orson Welles    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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This tour-de-force of persecution and paranoia is based on the writings of Franz Kafka.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Huh? I'm Lost.... May 29 2007
Orson Welles' so called "personal favourite film", based on the novel by Franz Kafka does remain more or less consistent with the original written work, though Welles has changed a few things to amplify effect or to introduce characters.

The poor quality of the reel (the film was nearly lost), also make it that some lines go unheard and make characters difficult to identify. The "mise en scene" also adds to this confusion, with Josef K. walking through numerous strange rooms, corridors and halls.

Still though, the film can help visualize certain elements from the book that might be difficult to imagine otherwise. Also, it is important to remember that Kafka's work was unfinished and unassembled, and Welles has attempted to reflect this non-linearity within the film.

All in all, I do recommend you see this film if you have read or plan on reading the original work, but you might be very confused by the storyline without this base knowledge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Aco
Format:VHS Tape
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good try, but not good enough Jan. 19 2004
Citizen Kane is one of my favorite movies ever, and of course I respect Mr. Welles as a director. But I am afraid this movie falls short. Sound editing problems, bad acting and some unexplainable changes in the story are awful. For example, the end of the movie is simply bizarre. This movie could be much better. Although it is a good try, it is not good enough for Kafka's story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty! June 10 2004
What is Joseph K guilty of? There are a number of possibilities, none of which I will suggest here. I don't want to be guilty of ruining the fun of figuring that out for yourself. This movie is Welles at his brilliant best. Many great directors seem to have a trio of films that represent their greatest work. With Welles, those three seem to be Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil and The Trial. The Magnificent Ambersons wsa murdered by the studio and an editor sent in to hack together a new ending. But the Welles directed part is so good I guess it has to rank with the above mentioned three. Then there is Othello, ruined by poor funding; but is it a wreck of a movie? I guess it belongs with the above mentioned four. Forgive me, I guess I'm guilty of digressing, as well as assuming that one can pick three of Welles's movies that stand out from his other work. What I can say about The Trial is that Welles had enough money to make his ideas work as they should on screen. When a Welles movie has enough money to cover technical costs the movie is usually great. The Trial is no exception. The Milestone DVD is a little costly; but you get an excellent looking transfer, which is all you really need to make this movie worth owning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now listen very very closely! June 12 2001
By A*
The Trial is Welles at his best like his other masterpieces this film is confusing at times, stark, personel and a bit unnerving all of this adds up to repeat viewings. And the more you watch the more you realize how amazing and griping this story of a man accused of a crime for no reason is so damn heart stoppingly beautiful. perkins is in perfect paranoia form here stuttering and muttering through dialogue and key scenes. Welles is also very good in his brief scenes as a useless lawyer. But the true star of the film is the VISUALS. Welles knew this and decided to give the plot key scenes in edtiting instead of soundtrack cues. The scene where at Perkins job the with thousands of type writers are all typing on cue is just amazing and they all come to a halting stop to signify a change in direction cues like this are all over this flick and I love it. The camera's lense follows Perkins in such a manner as if to signify a person chasing hm through out the entire film and the use of overly large props is just priceless showing the viewer that even the characters seem not to belong in the world they live in but function in as a society. BUY this film and pay attention to detail the little nuances go along way!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never get in the clutches of any bureaucracy April 25 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is probably the best book by Franz Kafka. It is also one of the best films by Orson Welles, if not the best one, as he himself said. It is a black and white masterpiece. This film is not even a denunciation. It is the real trial of bureaucracy, any bureaucracy in the world. A bureaucracy works on a norm and everyone in that bureaucracy has to abide by the norm and get homogenized to standards that are not even clearly stated. Hence one has to melt in the crowd, become part of the squalid and bleak brickwall, never to be noticed as original in any way. If the reverse happens then the bureaucracy defends itself, though it knows it is not a crime to be original. In fact it even knows it might be an asset, even for this very bureaucracy. But it cannot accept it because it would lead to total unraveling and hence dissolution of its very existence. So when you are accused by a bureaucracy, you never know the real crime. They choose anything that can be seen as reprehensible from any point of view, particularly the moralistic one. And they try you on those accusations, though the real crime is the fact that you have not kept the line. What's more, in this field of « justice » to win is to lose. The heads of this bureaucracy can decide whatever they want, no matter what the various committees or commissions or whatever have decided or advised. If then you try to challenge this one-man-made decision you end up in administrative courts that are even worse because they can take the time they want and they can decide what they want, so that you end up in a never-ending set of appeals whose outcome is in no way clear or predictable. Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not suitable for my use
Published 8 days ago by Janet Knight
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality Alpha video...
"The Trial" (1962) is directed by Orson Welles (Citizen Kane), and is based on the novel by Franz Kafka. Anthony Perkins stars as Joseph K. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Edmonson
1.0 out of 5 stars Put Alpha Video out of business
I cannot in good conscience write a good review for a DVD that is so poor in transfer quality that it looks worse than VHS. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Damon Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality of Dvd
The images are a bit blurred and the sound can be better.
It seems to be a transfer from a VHS tape.
Not recommended even if it's cheap.
Published 8 months ago by John Fasthand
2.0 out of 5 stars Alpha Video presents "The Trial" - in Interlace-O-Vision
Alpha Video's DVD of "The Trial" is a dirty, rough, nasty, muffled Public Domain copy of a great, great film -- recommendable only for its extreme affordability. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2012 by Señor Spook
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie seems more relevant with the passage of time
Whenever a famous person, comes to trial, we never really know why he is brought to trial, or whether the
charge specified, is the actual reason proceedings have started... Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2012 by Anthony Marinelli
5.0 out of 5 stars A great adaptation of Kafka's book
The Trial is Orson Welles' adaptation of the Franz Kafka novel of the same name. It follows the story of Josef K. Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Melissa Martinez-areffi
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much into the " noir " style of film making.
This film is dark in more ways than one. My copy was way dark. Of course it is emotionally dark also. Didn't much like the novel in college & my opinion hasn't improved. Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by JOHN GODFREY
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty
What is Joseph K guilty of? There are a number of possibilities, none of which I will suggest here. I don't want to be guilty of ruining the fun of figuring that out for yourself. Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Kari L. Black
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