THE TRIAL (1962) B/W widescreen 120m dir: Orson Welles
w/Anthony Perkins, Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Elsa Martinelli, Akim Tamiroff, Arnoldo Foa, William Kearns, Jess Hahn, Suzanne Flon
Kafka's frightening allegory of a man accused of a crime without being informed of what it was. Welles delivers some inspired scenes and elicits good performances from the cast.
From Georges Sadoul's Dictionary of Films: "Welles's version of Kafka's novel (which he says in the prologue 'has the logic of a dream, of a nightmare') is the only one of his films apart from Citizen Kane ... over which he exercised complete control, including control of the editing. Even though it contains necessary transpositions and adaptations to update the action, it is entirely faithful to the novel; beyond this, it is Welles's reflections on himself and on the modern world."