🎥 The Trial – 1962
The Story …
Josef K. is sleeping in his bedroom, in an apartment he shares with other lodgers. He is awakened when a man in a suit opens his bedroom door.
Josef assumes the glib man is a policeman, but the intruder does not identify himself and ignores Josef’s demand to produce police ID.
Several detectives enter and tell Josef he is under open arrest. In another room Josef K. sees three co-workers from his place of employment; they are there to provide evidence regarding some unstated crime …
The police refuse to inform Josef K. of his misdeeds, or if he is even being charged with a crime, and they do not take him into custody.
After the detectives leave, Josef converses with his landlady, Mrs Grubach, and neighbour, Miss Bürstner, about the strange visit.
Later he goes to his office, where his supervisor thinks he has been having improper relations with his teenaged female cousin. That evening, Josef attends the opera, but is abducted from the theatre by a police inspector and taken to a courtroom, where he attempts in vain to confront the still-unstated case against him.
Josef returns to his office and discovers the two police officers who first visited him being whipped in a small room.
Josef’s uncle Max suggests that Josef consult with Hastler, a law advocate. After brief encounters with the wife of a courtroom guard and a roomful of condemned men awaiting trial, Josef is granted an interview with Hastler, which proves unsatisfactory.
Hastler’s mistress suggests that Josef seek the advice of the artist Titorelli, but this also proves unhelpful. Seeking refuge in a cathedral, Josef very briefly discusses his case with a priest.
Hastler abruptly appears at the cathedral to confirm the priest’s assertion.
On the evening before his thirty-first birthday, Josef is apprehended by two executioners and taken to a quarry pit, where he is ordered to remove some of his clothing.
The executioners pass a knife back and forth, apparently deliberating on who will do the deed, before handing the knife to the condemned man, who refuses to commit suicide. The executioners leave Josef in the quarry and toss dynamite in the pit.
Josef laughs at his executioners and picks up the dynamite.
From a distance one can hear an explosion and smoke billows into the air …
- Directed by Orson Welles
- Screenplay by Orson Welles
- Based on The Trial by Franz Kafka
- Produced by Alexander Salkind
- Cinematography : Edmond Richard
- Edited by Fritz H.Mueller
- Music by Jean Ledrut and Tomaso Albinoni
- Distributed by Astor Pictures Corporation
- Release Dates : 22 December 1962
- Anthony Perkins as Josef K
- Jeanne Moreau as Marika Bürstner
- Romy Schneider as Leni
- Elsa Martinelli as Hilda
- Suzanne Flon as Miss Pittl
- Orson Welles as Albert Hastler, The Advocate
- Akim Tamiroff as Bloch
- Madeleine Robinson as Mrs. Grubach
- Paola Mori as Court archivist
- Arnoldo Foà as Inspector A
- Fernand Ledoux as Chief Clerk of the Law Court
- Michael Lonsdale as Priest
- Max Buchsbaum as Examining Magistrate
- Max Haufler as Uncle Max
- Maurice Teynac as Deputy Manager
- Wolfgang Reichmann as Courtroom Guard
- Thomas Holtzmann as Bert the law student
- Billy Kearns as First Assistant Inspector
- Jess Hahn as Second Assistant Inspector
- Naydra Shore as Irmie, Joseph K.’s cousin
- Carl Studer as Man in Leather
- Jean-Claude Rémoleux as Policeman #1
- Raoul Delfosse as Policeman #2
- William Chappell as Titorelli
- Peter Sallis as Dubbing (Voice)
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