The Trial

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Overview

Orson Welles' adaptation of The Trial comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor close-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer, and the opening from the original television broadcast of the film. This is a fine release from Image that should be of interest to any serious student of cinema. ...
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Overview

Orson Welles' adaptation of The Trial comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor close-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer, and the opening from the original television broadcast of the film. This is a fine release from Image that should be of interest to any serious student of cinema.
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Special Features

Introduction by Tony Curtis; Original theatrical trailer for Orson Welles' Compulsion; Digitally mastered from the best available sources for the highest quality possible
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
In this 1962 production, director Orson Welles uses the same black-and-white palette that made him famous in Citizen Kane to paint a surreal portrait of an ordinary man lost in the abyss of a totalitarian legal system. The plot is simple: Police arrest bank clerk Joseph K (Anthony Perkins) but refuse to tell him why. Citizen K then spends the rest of the film trying to exonerate himself. The theme of the film is the individual's powerlessness against the tyranny of a super state -- or any other force over which meager man has no control. The novel on which Welles based the film -- Franz Kafka's 1925 masterpiece Der Prozess (The Trial) -- used that theme to foreshadow the monstrous injustice of the fascist dictatorships of the 1930s. In the film, Welles follows Citizen K on his odyssey through a labyrinthine legal system that calls to mind the nine circles of Dante's Inferno. To intensify Citizen K's alienation, Welles isolates him in cavernous courtrooms and shadowy streets as K attempts to vindicate himself. Though unrelievedly gloomy, the motion picture has moments of off-the-wall humor. Citizen K's lawyer, for example, is Welles himself, a bedridden good-for-nothing whose nurse has webbed fingers. As K pursues justice, one can almost picture Welles behind the camera gleefully prodding his woebegone marionette deeper and deeper into his maze of despair. At the height of his frustration, K runs through a dark corridor with decaying walls admitting slivers of light that prick his sanity. Perkins exhibits the right mix of confusion, vulnerability, and rebellion to present his character as a hapless victim. Because the film sometimes looks more like a Dali painting than a motion picture, many critics dismissed it as trumpery after it debuted. Decades later, however, some critics took a second look at it, concluding that it was a work of genius. The consensus today is that there is no consensus. Depending on the viewer's tastes and perspective, The Trial is either supremely boring or supremely fascinating.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2000
  • UPC: 018111205696
  • Original Release: 1963
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  • Source: Delta
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Perkins Josef K.
Jeanne Moreau Miss Burstner
Romy Schneider Leni
Suzanne Flon Miss Pittl
Elsa Martinelli Hilda
Akim Tamiroff Bloch
Madeleine Robinson Mrs. Grubach
Orson Welles Hastler, advocate
Michel Lonsdale Priest
Arnoldo Foa Inspector A
Max Buchsbaum Examining Magistrate
William Chappell Titorelli
Raoul Delfosse 2nd Policeman
Jess Hahn 2nd Assistant Inspector
Max Haufler Uncle Max
Thomas Holtzmann Bert, the Law Student
William Kearns 1st Assistant Inspector
Fernand Ledoux Chief Clerk
Wolfgang Reichmann Courtroom Guard
Maydra Shore Irmie
Karl Studer Man in Leather
Maurice Teynac Deputy Manager
Technical Credits
Orson Welles Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Louis Dor Makeup
Yves Laplanche Producer
Jean Ledrut Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Jean Mandaroux Art Director
Yvonne Martin Editor
Marc Maurette Asst. Director
Fritz Muller Editor
Edmond Richard Cinematographer
Alexander Salkind Producer
Miguel Salkind Producer
Guy Villette Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [18:27]
2. Conversation [14:12]
3. Joseph at the Theater [16:46]
4. A Meeting [13:42]
5. At the Court [17:11]
6. Confrontation [17:40]
7. Titorelli's Place [14:01]
8. Conclusion/Parting Words [7:04]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Tony Curtis Intro
   Start
   Index
   Trailer
   Resume
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