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: December 21, 1962
DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Who better to reveal the system's evil genius than Welles, the golden boy turned Hollywood martyr?

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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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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

Out of all of Orson Welles's films, this might be the one with the most complex visual style, even the most beautiful.

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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.

Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

The legal system is a literal maze in Welles' visualization and the disparate locations all lead back to one another.

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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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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Overwhelmingly bleak, but exciting cinema.

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Carlos Magalhães
This fascinating existential nightmare is less Kafkaesque and more Wellesian, expanding physical spaces to amplify the character's feeling of smallness and… 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 V
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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