Le Procès (The Trial) Reviews
I actually dosed off and it gave me some weird mini-dreams. I rewinded about 20 minutes and was back to it again, now even more lost than I was in the beginning. It's a very confusing film and it's both it's weakness and strenght.
Lovely images, settings and camera usage. Those factory scenes with hundres of typewriter workers are fantastic. Anthony Perkins, best known for his role in "Psycho" of course, does a brilliant job as our protagonist. Pretty experimental and ahead of it's time. Orson Welles favorite film of his own, and so far mine as well. I have not liked much of his stuff so far, so this does not mean it's a total success for me, but it was more than OK.
7.5 out of 10 candles.
However, its cinematography (frame layout & perspective) was sorta impressive for a film made/released in 1962.
An average Joe that works in an office and barely makes ends meet is arrested and brought up on charges...but he is never told what those charges are. He hires the only lawyer he can afford, who happens to be a bit eccentric, methodical, and awkward in a lot of way. Half way through his trial he can't understand what is going on and will need to decide if picking this eccentric lawyer is best for his trial.
"Women have influences."
Orson Welles, director of Citizen Kane, the Magnificent Ambersons, The Stranger, Macbeth, Othello, Confidential Report, Touch of Evil, and Chimes at Midnight, delivers The Trial. The storyline for this picture has many good aspects and a few eccentric out of place touches. The characters were interesting and the acting was outstanding. The cast includes Anthony Perkins, Orson Welles, Arnoldo Foa, and Jeanne Moreau.
"She finds accused men attractive."
The Trial is a movie I added to my Netflix queue when we first got Netflix and I just finally got around to watching it. I am an Orson Welles fan and was excited to see this picture. It was above average with some great acting and concepts, but it is far from perfect. This isn't a must see but it isn't a waste of time either. I'd watch this once but wouldn't add it to my DVD collection.
"Before the law there is God."
I believed after reading Franz Kafka's The Trial, that filming a story such as this would be next to impossible, and after watching Orson Welles attempt, I see that this belief was justified. Welles may have done as good a job as possible at trying to bring an unfinished and surreal story such as The Trial to screen. However, it doesn't mean that the film is a success.
Joseph K. works at a bank and is disturbed to find out that he is under arrest when two guards arrive at his room in the early morning. He isn't taken anywhere though, because they don't want to interfere with his personal, job life. They'll work the investigation around his schedule. When he asks what he is under arrest for, no one tells him. He's as confused by all this as the reader of the story, or in this case, the audience of the film is.
I really enjoyed the book, but it's one of those stories that is pretty much impossible to grasp, especially being unfinished. Welles changes aspects of the book and leaves out some important elements of the book altogether. It just goes to show how challenging an exercise it would be to make a film adaption of The Trial, especially when someone like Orson Welles can't really do it justice.