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  • Director

    Orson Welles

  • Starring

    Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Elsa Martinelli, Orson Welles

  • Run Time

    118 mins

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  • Country of Origin

    FranceItalyWest GermanyYugoslavia

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The Trial

Part of the Orson Welles Season


The blackest of Welles' comedies, an apocalyptic version of Kafka that renders the grisly farce of K's labyrinthine entrapment in the mechanisms of guilt and responsibility as the most fragmented of expressionist films noirs. Perkins' twitchy 'defendant' shifts haplessly through the discrete dark spaces of Welles' ad hoc locations (Zagreb and Paris, including the deserted Gare d'Orsay), taking no comfort from Welles' fable-spinning Advocate, before contriving the most damning of all responses to the chaos around him.

Screening to celebrate the release of The Eyes of Orson Welles, which screens from Fri 17 to Thu 23 August.

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