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Film Series : Orson Welles: The Other Side of the Argument

The Trial

Le procès

1962, Orson Welles, France, 118 min.
Anthony Perkins, Orson Welles

Show Times

  • Tue, Apr 2nd 6:00pm

“Welles's nightmarish, labyrinthine comedy remains his creepiest and most disturbing work; it's also a lot more influential than people usually admit.”--Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Welles called his dazzling, disturbing adaptation of Kafka’s 1925 novel “the best film I have ever made” and “closer to my own feelings about everything than any other picture I’ve ever made.” In his best role after PSYCHO, Perkins is in fine fidgety form as Joseph K., the office drone who finds himself inexplicably accused of an unspecified crime and embarks on a hapless quest for justice through an impenetrable maze of courtrooms, corridors, and offices. Welles ingeniously stitches together locations in Zagreb, Paris, and Rome to conjure up a nightmare world that is at once oppressively claustrophobic and vertiginously vast. DCP digital. (MR)

The screening will include a lecture/discussion by renowned critic and Welles authority Jonathan Rosenbaum.

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