The Trial 4K 09/26/23
Meet Josef K. He’s under arrest but cannot find out what the charge is against him, or why everyone presumes him guilty., This masterful adaptation of Franz Kafka was properly finished and received a real release, a happy exception in the directing career of Orson Welles. Anthony Perkins is Josef, a citizen under suspicion in a dystopian police state. His manner is so abrasive, we almost stop seeing him as a victim of persecution. Welles’ visual choices reinforce a bleak, frightening nightmare. In claustrophobic support are Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Elsa Martinelli, Akim Tamiroff and Welles himself. Reviewed by Charlie Largent, on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.