Le Procès (The Trial)
Le Procès (The Trial) (1962)

Much of Orson Welles' latter-day reputation as an "unfathomable" genius rests upon his seeming unwillingness to tell a story in clear, precise fashion. Sometimes, as in such films as Touch of Evil, Welles' spotty… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Though debatable as an adaptation of the Franz Kafka novel, Orson Welles's nightmarish, labyrinthine comedy of 1962 remains his creepiest and most disturbing work; it's also a lot more influential than people usually admit.

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Amy Taubin
Village Voice

The Trial is splendid to look at and teeming with ideas about the individual, society, and of course, film itself.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Overwhelmingly bleak, but exciting cinema.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The blackest of Welles' comedies.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Above all a visual achievement, an exuberant use of camera placement and movement and inventive lighting.

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Film4

Labyrinthine, stylized and tragicomic, this adaptation of Kafka's novel sees Welles at his funniest, and his most despairing.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

At best, it is another demonstration of the camera vers atility of Mr. Welles; at worse, a further Kafka demonstration extending to the demanding medium of the screen.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

The more Joseph tries to understand, the more impenetrable it becomes.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Orson Welles' bounced Czech, via Kafka. Not the masterpiece that many Welles fanatics claim, but intriguing and outrageous enough for genuine appreciation.

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Carlos Magalhães
This fascinating existential nightmare is actually less Kafkaesque and more Wellesian, expanding the physical spaces to amplify the character's feeling of… More
Tim Salmons
A very strong and nightmarish piece from one of the masters of cinema, Orson Welles asks us to spend time with a man who is "put on trial" while on a… More
Melvin White
Hastler: To be in chains is sometimes safer than to be free. I believed after reading Franz Kafka's The Trial, that filming a story such as this would be… More
AJ Verser
This movie is very confusing and strange, but also intellectual and compelling, I didn't know what to think of it. I loved Perkins, but the movie itself… More
Greg S
Orson Welles' adaptation of Franz Kafka's absurdist story wherein Joseph K wakes up one day and finds he's being arrested, but no one will tell… More
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