The Trial

The Trial

DVD - 1998
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Portrays the experiences of a young man who is mysteriously arrested by agents of the police for an unspecific crime and is prepared for questioning and trial.
Publisher: Chatwsorth, CA : Image Entertainent, c1998
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sd., b&w ; 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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